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'Black And Blue' And Race At The Center Of The Presidential Debate

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

As they make their case to the country and battle it out over a host of issues, one key area they must -- must -- address is race and criminal justice reform. In fact, it needs to be the center of the presidential debate.

Police Chief Buys Car For Homeless Family So Kids Can Get To School

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 09.21.2016 | Dr. Phil

When Police Chief Aaron Easton of Marysville, CA learned that a homeless family in his community was struggling to get their two young girls to school...

Expertise in countering urban street gangs can be used to fight jihadists

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.07.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Word is out that Washington's traditional Arab allies, alarmed at rising terror threats, have been trying to counter jihadist groups on their own. In ...

The Life and Times of Cleveland's Very Own "Super Cop"

Seth Ferranti | Posted 09.06.2016 | Crime
Seth Ferranti

True crime historian Rob Sberna first heard about Cleveland police officer Jim Simone when he was researching the Ariel Castro case in 2013. Castro had kidnapped three Cleveland girls and held them hostage in is house for years.

Police And Civilian Confrontations: Applying UCLA's CICARE To Deescalation

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 09.06.2016 | Crime
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Like most transformational consultants and advisors, I believe that you can’t solve a problem that requires a paradigm shift from within its paradigm. However, you sometimes can solve it, if you think and reach outside your box.

'Predictive Policing' Doesn't Work

Ezekiel Edwards | Posted 09.01.2016 | Crime
Ezekiel Edwards

“Predictive policing” has an enticing ring to it. The idea is that you feed a bunch of data into a mysterious algorithm, and poof, out comes intel...

There's No One Solution to Improving Interactions Between Police and People with Mental Illnesses

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 08.28.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

By Michael D. Thompson This piece was originally published in Scientific American on Aug. 28, 2016. You've undoubtedly heard about the recent report...

Police Officer Has Tea Party With Toddler One Year After Saving Her Life

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 08.16.2016 | Dr. Phil

One year after saving 22-month-old Bexley Norvell’s life in Rowlett, Texas, Corporal Patrick Ray had a tea party with the toddler. “[Bexley’s] ...

The Criminal Justice System Was A Huge Focus At The DNC. But It Can't Stop There.

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA ― The criminal justice system and its problems received prominent attention this week during the Democratic National Convention. Hillar...

Bearing The Full Force Of Our Anguish -- Learning From Veterans And Grieving Mothers

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

If the skillfully employed force of the beloved community helps veterans of war, their families and children, and their providers to heal, it can similarly help survivors of violent loss in our neighborhoods. And law enforcement personnel whose stress levels are off the chart.

Support The Police And Address Police Violence: The True 'Law and Order'

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

By demonizing a movement, law-and-order hard-liners ignore both the human tragedy of black lives lost, as well as the operational problem of police violence.

Chicago Police Settlements Cost Taxpayers $210 Million Plus Interest

The Huffington Post | Mercy Yang | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics

As the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of police officers stir up national debate on law enforcement practices, a new datab...

Drug Court v. LEAD: What Is the Difference?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.29.2016 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Embed from Getty Images The time is ripe for conversations about criminal justice reform, especially when it comes to drug use. It can no longer be ...

White America, Wake The F*ck Up. The Deaths Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile ARE Your Problem.

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.

War On Weed's End In Sight

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The end of the federal government's War On Weed is approaching fast. No matter how the details work out, that much seems pretty clear at this point.

Policing Takes A Toll On Officers, Too

The Conversation US | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

There are many facets of police work of which the general population is not aware. It is hard for non-officers to understand what officers experience on a daily basis and what the outcomes of these experiences might be.

Here's What's Wrong With #BlueLivesMatter

Jonathan Russell | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Russell

It is profoundly misrepresentative and disrespectful to develop an analogous hashtag as if blue lives have an analogous experience of social life in America as black lives have.

In San Francisco and Beyond, Homeless Crisis Should Not Derail Progress on Mental Illness

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

By Richard Cho & Dr. Fred Osher The San Francisco Chronicle's recent series of stories this week -- "Beyond Homelessness" -- highlights various aspec...

Why Don't Cops Fight For Gun Legislation?

Lynette Mae | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Lynette Mae

Reasonable restrictions are permitted. I'd argue reasonable restrictions are necessary. Cops deal with the heartbreaking realities of senseless gun violence and are put in ever increasing danger because of the proliferation of guns everywhere.

What Does A Responder Do When She No Longer Wears The Blue?

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
Lillie Leonardi

"This world of ours, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect." ~...

But Pogo, We're Also the Answer

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.20.2016 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

We have seen the enemy, and he is us. - Pogo Like millions of people in America and around the world, I read about the Orlando tragedy with a heav...

5 Things to Do If You Are Pulled Over For a DUI

Victoria Yore | Posted 06.13.2016 | College
Victoria Yore

Let's get one thing straight. People: Don't drink and drive. Just don't to it. It is dangerous for you, it is illegal, and most importantly, it is dan...

For Illegal Ivory or the Criminals Who Traffick It, There's Nowhere to Hide

Dan Ashe | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Dan Ashe

Given the unparalleled and escalating threats to African elephants, a near-complete ban on commercial trade in elephant ivory is the best way to ensure U.S. domestic markets do not contribute to the decline of this species in the wild.

Racial Disparities Continue Under California's Marijuana Enforcement

Amanda Reiman | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The subjectivity of "possession", vs. "possession with intent to distribute" enables police to use "evidence" such as an empty baggie or a certain amount of cash to take a non-arrest able offense and flip it to a potential felony.

What Is Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.25.2016 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Seattle police officers got a surprise the day a woman approached with cocaine rocks in her hand and asked to be arrested. "I want to be enrolled in the LEAD program," she said, referring to a new initiative aimed at diverting people who are frequently arrested into social services and treatment.