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To Improve Police-Community Relations, End the War on Drugs

James Gierach | Posted 09.01.2015 | Crime
James Gierach

President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, charged with improving police-community relations and reducing crime, has largely overlooked one of the elements most essential to accomplishing this goal: the need to reform drug policy.

Decision Points: Police Should Engage in Local Justice System Reform to Build Trust and Strengthen Communities

Hassan Aden | Posted 08.28.2015 | Crime
Hassan Aden

There is no singular solution to the crisis in local justice systems that many communities face. Only by focusing on the criminal justice system holistically can we help prevent unnecessary jail stays and reduce the problem of mass incarceration.

Feds Raid Rentboy.com -- Are We Any Safer?

Matt Baume | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

The story that we tell ourselves is that sex work is banned in order to protect victims of trafficking and exploitation. And while that's a worthwhile goal, there's just one problem: Arresting people who exchange money for sex may not stop exploitation, and in fact might make things worse.

50 Loyal Deputies, Officers Shave Their Heads To Stand With Coworker Battling Cancer

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.27.2015 | Good News

These law enforcement members showed their support for a colleague who has cancer in a way that will have you buzzing.  Undersheriff William...

Tall Cop, Short Cop Photo Shows Police Isn't One Size Fits All

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.21.2015 | Crime

One tall cop and one not so tall cop posed for a memorable photo. And for good measure, the Internet is loving it. That's the long and short of it. Th...

Why More Women in Law Enforcement Means a More Just and Peaceful World

Legal Momentum | Posted 08.21.2015 | Crime
Legal Momentum

When I was 11, my family visited Washington, D.C., and the absolute highlight of the trip was a tour of FBI Headquarters. I asked the guide a question. "Can girls be FBI agents?" His response: "No, because girls would spend all their time painting their nails."

Let's Celebrate US Army Ranger Grads Griest And Haver

Lauren C Anderson | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women
Lauren C Anderson

Let's celebrate this great achievement of Captain Griest and Lieutenant Haver. Let's pull for the remaining third woman to complete Ranger School. And let's allow them to do their jobs, as members of a team, without the media attention. They already stand as incredible role models for young women everywhere.

Corruption Officer: A Man's Story From Guard to Inmate

Kelsey Minor | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Kelsey Minor

Take the journey with Gary Heyward and you will learn things that you maybe did not know about the jail system but most importantly you will leave fully committed to the fact that there is such thing as second chances.

Make the Call -- Call 911 During an Overdose

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Children loose playmates, parents lose friends, ties are broken and silence is the norm. These are the same individuals that hesitate to call when it happens to them. They do not want to believe that it could happen in their own home.

Drug War Enables Police Roadside Sexual Assault

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 08.14.2015 | Crime
Sharda Sekaran

It's a story so awful that even though my job involves constantly reading news about drug war atrocities, I avoided this one for days.

It's Time to End Prosecutorial Immunity

Evan Bernick | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Prosecutorial misconduct is a reality. So is the lack of any meaningful legal recourse for its victims. It is time to abolish a rule that stands as an affront, not only to the letter of federal law, but to our aspirations towards a just legal order.

Canadian 'Mindful Cop' Offers Tools to Change Policing

Mel Sellick | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Mel Sellick

He also doesn't plan on stopping. In addition to doing speaking gigs and creating a mindfulcop.com site to get the word out, he's even taught his kids to meditate. Carson recommends anyone who is open to it-- especially those interfacing with the public-- should try an app like HeadSpace or take a mindfulness course just to see how it improves their life.

#CYBERSECURITY: Crossover from Cyber to Real World

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 08.10.2015 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Cybersecurity used to be be the geek's eagle's nest. it was hard to understand, hard to get to, hard to see the impact and need often times. If there was a CIO or CISO, he/she would not be in the board room too often, and usually the budgets were the first to go in any budget change environment

Caught on Camera: Police Racism

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The rapid explosion of cell phones, YouTube and Twitter has increased public awareness of police misconduct toward black citizens. As a result, white attitudes are changing and protests led by black activists are accelerating. This may be a moment in our history when real reform is possible.

Confessing #BlackLivesMatter

Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion
Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div.

When the counter-protestors began the chant #AllLivesMatter what they were really saying is that black lives do not matter more than theirs. If these people sincerely believed that #AllLivesMatter, we would not be forced to chant and declare that #BlackLivesMatter.

Understanding Violence as a Gay Man

Daniel Kort | Posted 08.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel Kort

I learned that sexual minorities experience alarming disparities in interpersonal violence. Knowing this fact didn't make it any easier when I became that statistic myself.

One Officer Was Indicted For Murdering Sam Dubose. What About the Officer(s) Who Lied To Cover It Up?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.03.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

Police officers aren't the only people who lie about crimes. That's not the point. The police are supposed to uphold the law. Criminals are supposed be the ones who break it. We should be able to tell the difference between them.

Vicky's Story

Betty Taylor | Posted 07.31.2015 | Crime
Betty Taylor

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness website, more than half of all jail and prison inmates have a recent history or symptoms of a mental health problem. An estimated 31 percent of women and 14.5 percent of men in jails have a serious mental illness.

Tackling Child Sex Trafficking in Cambodia

Gary Haugen | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Gary Haugen

Today marks the UN's World Day against Trafficking in Persons. It's a noble day dedicated to a noble cause, to be sure, but what does it really mean to be "against trafficking?" We can talk about how wrong it is to buy and sell young girls and boys to exploit them for their bodies, leaving a trail of deep trauma behind.

How Do Police Officers Feel About Legalizing Drugs?

Quora | Posted 07.30.2015 | Crime
Quora

I'll preface by saying that I can only answer as a former officer; I could pretend to be able to retrospectively muse about what I'd have said when I was on patrol, but that's all it would be.

Republican Illegal Immigration Policy Will Increase Crime

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

If we hope to prevent violent crime in the US, we cannot constantly blame our problems on newcomers to our nation.

10 Rules to Help Black Boys Survive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people -- all of them.

Police Officers, Sheriffs, Rangers, and Marshals: What's the Difference?

Quora | Posted 07.21.2015 | Crime
Quora

Police are usually general-purpose law enforcement officers. They are most often employed by a city government, but may be employed by a county, state, college, hospital, transit district, or other quasi-governmental organization with the power to create a law enforcement branch.

A Year Since Eric Garner's Death: Policing, Black Lives Matter, and Immigrant Rights

Steven Choi | Posted 07.17.2015 | New York
Steven Choi

The immigrant rights movement must stand with black communities facing violence, and recognize that black and immigrant lives are often one and the same.

11 Step-by-Step Procedures Taken After a Police Shooting

Quora | Posted 07.17.2015 | Crime
Quora

The procedures will vary from one agency to another.