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Innocence

Unreliable Field Drug Tests Result In Innocent People Pleading Guilty

Barry Scheck | Posted 07.15.2016 | Crime
Barry Scheck

Without in any way minimizing the unforeseen difficulties involved in achieving any single criminal justice reform, this is one problem we can solve with a co-operative, good faith effort by multiple stakeholders. Why not just do it?

The Art Of Friendship In Marriage

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 07.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

When our partner is our best friend. There is an African saying goes like this: A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you...

Compensation Statutes Fail Those Wrongly Convicted

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.28.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Imagine serving a decade or more for a crime you didn't commit. Maybe even on death row. By what seems a miracle, you find yourself exonerated on DNA ...

On Death Row for a Murder that Wasn't?

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 06.09.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Dale Cox was the Lousiana prosecutor against Crawford, a case which rested almost exclusively on the testimony of a state forensic pathologist who claimed that bruises on the child's lip were consistent with death by smothering.

Intro to Meditation -- The Challenge of Self Observation

Devi Sawh | Posted 05.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Devi Sawh

These are some issues you might face as you take on the challenge of self-observation as a meditation practice and hopefully as an every moment of everyday spiritual practice. As you do, it will help to remember (especially in those times when it seems like a difficult practice) the joy is in the seeing!

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 51. The First Haircut.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 51. The First Haircut. According to Jewish law, it's an age-old custom to allow a boy's hair to grow untouched until he's...

Stolen Lives: Oppressed, Exploited, and Innocent in Prison

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Judge H. Lee Sarokin wrote: "The Guilty Have a Better Chance for Parole or Pardon Than the Innocent." As an innocent prisoner, I've witnessed this myself for the last two decades (and counting). The only thing that has changed over time is that more and more corruption is being exposed. The

Remain Neutral Regarding Kesha's Sexual Assault Claims

Rocco Papa | Posted 02.22.2016 | Entertainment
Rocco Papa

I'm wondering why so many just automatically believe Dr. Luke is guilty. Is it because Kesha is the public figure that everybody is familiar with, while Dr. Luke is just a producer who works behind-the-scenes? Is it because a female is accusing a male?

Every Writer Is Their Own Lawyer

William Kenower | Posted 01.27.2016 | Books
William Kenower

I interview writers of all genres for Author magazine and Author2Author. If I wanted to, however, I could devote an entire magazine to interviews with...

Making Murderers

Jason Flom | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Jason Flom

The public outrage that has resulted from shows like Making a Murderer will be remembered as the tipping point when we finally decided to take seriously the need to fix the system. Change will only happen when we demand it. How many more innocent lives will be ruined before we do?

Our Judicial System: Ignoring Injustice or Colluding in It?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 01.18.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Prosecutors have the power to prevent almost all wrongful convictions by seeking the truth, not just a conviction. If the pursuit of justice were the only goal, innocent men and women would not find themselves collateral casualties.

An Interview with Lava Records CEO, Jason Flom

Dr. Sharon Ufberg | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Dr. Sharon Ufberg

We met by chance at the opening reception for Live in the Vineyard, a twice-yearly music, food and wine event that was happening in my part of the world--Napa Valley.

Making an Accomplice: Why "Making a Murderer's" Brendan Dassey Deserves a Re-Trial--Even if His Uncle Doesn't

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.12.2016 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Like his uncle, Brendan may be guilty. Unlike his uncle, his conviction rests entirely on the coerced confession of a frightened, mentally-challenged boy badgered by grown men wielding badges and guns and uniforms and loud, firm voices.

Practical Spirituality: What Makes You Happy?

Sai Santosh Bangalore | Posted 01.11.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sai Santosh Bangalore

We asked a group of children from an economically-challenged background an interesting question: "What makes you happy?" Most of these children walk t...

When My Cute Black Kid Becomes What You Fear Most

The Establishment | Posted 01.09.2016 | Black Voices
The Establishment

Today, my kids are deemed "golden" and "adorable" and "sweet" because they look the way society has decided children should look. In a few years, as they grow into black young adults and men, that same line of superficial reasoning will mark them as dangerous.

The Catharsis of Star Wars

RJ Martin | Posted 12.30.2015 | Entertainment
RJ Martin

Now, I am not too much of a sci-fi geek. I don't speak Klingon, never watched Battlestar Galactica in any of its iterations, and by the third Alien movie I started rooting for the slobbery beast with too sets of teeth: anything to get Sigourney Weaver to stop scowling. Star Wars is different.

Top Five Holiday Wishes for People in Prison

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 12.17.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

As I celebrate the holiday season surrounded by loving family and friends, my thoughts turn to the millions of incarcerated men and women surrounded by cold steel prison bars. In the holiday spirit of compassion, and with an ever-present eye toward public safety and correctional reform, I have compiled a list of my top five wishes for the incarcerated.

Where Did the Stork Go?

Kristie Stumpf Rork | Posted 11.30.2015 | Parents
Kristie Stumpf Rork

Today, it seems that nothing is secret; nothing is private. We are a world obsessed with "reality." My four-year old didn't need me to tell her that a baby came from her vagina. She was educated by the "real" world.

Ending Wrongful Convictions: No Room for Error

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

The record number of exonerations of innocent prisoners last year shows that something is very wrong with our judicial system. If the saying "the proof is in the numbers" is true, then why is this system moving at a snail's pace to combat the causes of wrongful convictions?

The Collision of Chaos and Beauty: A Call to Action

Padma Gordon | Posted 10.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Padma Gordon

Today I sit and wonder what is going on in this world, as healers and heroes are being murdered in cold blood? What does it mean about humanity when i...

Too Much Doubt

Erwin Chemerinsky | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Erwin Chemerinsky

No one should be executed when there is serious doubt about the person's guilt. The problem is that the Supreme Court has imposed too difficult a standard.

How to Restore Faith in Our Broken Judicial System

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many people are responsible for securing wrongful convictions. Consider last year's record-breaking number of exonerations -- 125 in all. How many prosecutors, police officers, judges, or lawyers were fired for their participation in these 125 wrongful convictions? None.

The Simple Pleasures

Mary Widdicks | Posted 09.16.2015 | Parents
Mary Widdicks

I can't remember when it happened to me, but somewhere along the twisted line that is my life, I lost the ability to find enjoyment in the things I see everyday. I forgot how to see beauty in the plainer things and excitement in the mundane. I am truly a child of my generation: I need to be entertained.

Another Innocent Man About to Die?

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 09.16.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

If there is a chance that Richard Glossip is innocent, then why not give his attorneys a little more time to prove it? What possible societal benefit could ever occur from the state execution of an innocent man?

A Mother's End-Of-Summer Love Note

Jennifer S. White | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

So much of my life has been this space between managing my reactions with the authenticity of internal need and awareness of this reaction upon others; coupled with the guilt after -- the guilt of either not reacting firmly enough for my own needs or, more often, being too harsh.