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Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.

As Prisons Stay Crowded, California's Governor Pushes Ballot Initiative to Cut Inmate Population

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.04.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis Midway through his first term as governor of California, in 1976 Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. signed into law a strict mandatory...

All Eyes on Us: Meek Mill's Legal Troubles, Hip-Hop, and the Narrative of Black Criminality

Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Black Voices
Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq.

We cannot excuse the system that made such songs possible, nor can we absolve the listening public whose appetite never grows weary of consuming those songs. Suffice to say, as our gaze centers on Mr. Williams' pending sentencing, in many ways our eyes are not simply on him, they are also on us.

Forging a Path to True Criminal Justice Reform in New York

JoAnne Page | Posted 01.13.2016 | New York
JoAnne Page

In 2016, our leaders in City Hall and the State Capital can take affirmative steps to reduce the number of incarcerated New Yorkers, while increasing services to those who are behind bars.

Pre-PTSD: How Some Vets Became 'Forgotten'

Shad Meshad | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Does a nation who trains warriors and sends them into battle have any responsibility to them afterward? I think these forgotten veterans need the same chance that vets after 1980 got.

Decision Points: Sentencing With Community Supervision in Mind

Scott Taylor | Posted 01.07.2016 | Crime
Scott Taylor

The majority of jurisdictions in the U.S. rely on bond schedules, which specifies monetary amounts accused persons must pay to be released pretrial, based on the charges they face. Many defendants on low-level charges who cannot afford bail plead guilty through negotiations before trial, solely in order to be released from jail.

Georgia Execute Man For Killing His Mother's Friend

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.09.2015 | Crime

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of forging checks belonging to his mother's friend and killing the man after he demanded money back...

Open Letter to the 6,000 Prisoners Coming Home

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Anthony Papa

For those 6,000 who will soon be released, I want to share with you my story of being released from prison when I received executive clemency after serving 12 years. I hope it will give you some insight on what to expect.

James Holmes Formally Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.26.2015 | Crime

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- James Holmes was an angry quitter who gave up on life and turned his hatred into murder and mayhem against innocent victims...

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

Ending the Drug War Won't End Mass Incarceration -- But It's a Necessary First Step

Daniel Robelo | Posted 08.12.2015 | Crime
Daniel Robelo

The momentum is heartening but not nearly enough. We've only scratched the surface -- feel-good rhetoric, a few dozen pardons -- while leaving the larger, unjust, racist system intact.

From 'Release Valve' To 'Political Animals': The Evolution Of Parole Boards

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.15.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

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Parole DENIED For Man Who Went On 9-Day Killing Spree In 1977

AP | Posted 06.18.2015 | Crime

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A convicted California serial killer who went on a nine-day rampage that claimed the lives of four people has been denied p...

Criminal Justice - There's an App for That

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 05.30.2015 | Crime
Brandon L. Greene

The promise of a second impression is to simplify the job search for people with records and to leverage consumer power to either support progressive employers or put pressure on employers who fail to adopt more progressive hiring policies.

Cookie Lyon of Fox's 'Empire' Sheds Rare Light on Black Women's Incarceration and Reentry

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Unfortunately, the damage resulting from the nearly decade long apex of black female confinement is substantial.

The Politics of Suicide and Depression

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

These recent SAMHSA survey results provide a golden opportunity for a scientific and societal shift to reconsider what about American society and culture is resulting in emotional suffering and self-destructive behaviors, especially for certain groups.

True Story: I Fell in Love With a Felon

Ravishly | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Zangeif got in a work-release program. This meant that he was allowed to work while in jail. At every shift, I drove to his restaurant and had sneaky makeout sessions with him. I'd be lying if I said that his sentence provided no additional thrill -- defiance is hot.

Between Hope and Despair, Waiting for Meaningful Implementation of Miller v. Alabama

Marsha Levick | Posted 08.24.2014 | Crime
Marsha Levick

This willful disregard for Miller has spread from the legislatures to courtrooms. In too many re-sentencing hearings, it is simply business as usual; the offense overshadows the defendant's individual attributes.

Another State Might End Life Sentences Without Parole For Minors

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

Seven states across the country have already outlawed life sentences for minors, and it looks like Hawaii might be next. The bill, which is now at ...

David & Me Chronicles Rubin Carter's Fight to Free David McCallum as He Fights for His Own Life

Steve Drizin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Young suspects like McCallum and Stuckey are like putty in the police's hands; they fold much more quickly under pressure.

Prisons and Social Enterprise: Getting Out and Staying Out

Tony Smith | Posted 11.27.2013 | New York
Tony Smith

August, 1972: The Vietnam War is raging. Stopped by two Marine MPs, I slowly drive past the 4-foot thick, concrete walls of the Portsmouth Naval Disc...

The Ultimate Power

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Jeri was traveling light because she understood that carrying grudges from the past was non-productive, even self-destructive. It is, as the saying goes, like swallowing poison and expecting it to kill someone else.

A View of the Drug War: Stop Blaming Police and Start Emphasizing Personal Responsibility

John Bruhns | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
John Bruhns

Law enforcement is not blame for the actions of law-breaking addicts who are not receptive to drug treatment. You can only fault law enforcement for their inaction in protecting the public from this element.

Teacher Who Raped Underage Boy Allegedly Says She Won't Turn Herself In

Posted 01.14.2013 | Crime

A teacher on parole for raping a student cut off her electronic monitoring bracelet and disappeared in upstate New York, state officials said. Car...

'Remorse' for Crime: Must It Be Sincere?

Joel Cohen | Posted 02.18.2013 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Sincere remorse is usually about the personal benefit one gains from giving voice, usually internally, to one's expression of it. However, in the justice system, I'm sorry to say, it's rather about what the remorse accomplishes strategically.