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Reflections on Lethal Drugs, Sleeping and Waking Up

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Diann Rust-Tierney

I have always loved the Supreme Court. As a law student, I made pilgrimages to the Court to listen to arguments. It fortified me and inspired me for the hard work and sacrifice ahead.

List of States Considering Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Grows

Juan Escalante | Posted 04.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Juan Escalante

While in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants continues to be a hot issue, particularly in states like Texas, state legislatures across the country are now dealing with a new immigration related issue -- driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Over-Policed and Underserved

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

Contrary to the myth we've been sold that more police, and more jails and prisons, are the best or only way to keep us safe, the real solutions to community safety lie in the things that make for thriving neighborhoods.

Time for Justice for Children in New York

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Under New York's juvenile justice system a child as young as 7 can be arrested for a crime, and a 16-year-old is automatically charged as an adult. These laws are shockingly behind the times -- bad for children and bad for public safety.

Domestic Violence: Silence Is Its Greatest Ally

Kristen Lewis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Kristen Lewis

Domestic violence is a pervasive, complicated public health issue that requires an equally pervasive and multi-layered response.

The Right to Feel Safe

Monique Villa | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women
Monique Villa

Ask a man about his number one priority when it comes to public transport. Most likely, he will say "speed." Ask a woman the same question and chances are that she will answer "safety."

Are You More Homicidal Than This Alabama 5-Year-Old?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 12.17.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week, school officials in Alabama put a 5-year-old girl on a suicide and homicide watch after she pointed a crayon at a kindergarten classmate and said "pew! pew!" Yes, this is real.

Drones Are Good, Bad, and Proving Vital to Protect Endangered Species

David Wilkie | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

Without the ability to use low-cost drones to see well beyond the horizon of earth-bound rangers, preventing wildlife crime will remain almost impossible and eco-guards will continue to wander into lethal fire fights with poachers.

Brazil's Killing Fields

Robert Muggah | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime
Robert Muggah

Brazil is the world's murder capital. Its grisly toll cannot be put down to a so-called culture of violence. To the contrary: These preventable deaths are a result of policy failures. Brazil's violent crime wave can be reversed.

The 'Kill Switch': A Win For Privacy Protection and Public Safety

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.28.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

SB 962 will provide especially important protections for our children, who are among the most avid smartphone users and often do not take steps to protect their private information.

Wrong TURN on Public Safety

Tom Dalzell | Posted 10.11.2014 | San Francisco
Tom Dalzell

The consumer group's irresponsible attacks put Californians at risk. "Untimely and misguided" - in the spring of 2007, that's what Republican Governo...

National Heatstroke Prevention Day: Safety and Prevention Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Dorit Sasson

One can only hope that by creating National Heatstroke Prevention Day, there'll be more public awareness to the growing danger of leaving a child unattended in a heated vehicle.

More Reasons Not to Drink and Drive

Saul Segan | Posted 09.07.2014 | Crime
Saul Segan

The laws continue to increase in severity. Mandatory sentencing for DUI is far more widespread than the old days. Now, something has been added to the mix. The ignition interlock.

5 Essential Summer Safety Tips

April McCormick | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

The warm beautiful weather, outdoor activities and family fun are plentiful this time of year. Unfortunately, so are the opportunities for sunburns, heat rashes, bug bites, water dangers and many more summer activity hazards. Here are five summer safety tips.

Miranda Rights, "Public Safety" and the Police State

Anne Speckhard | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

When current law supposedly protect us from our doors being broken into and our homes being invasively searched without a warrant it seems contradictory that our electronic items are now potentially open to unchecked law enforcement access.

Georgia Governor Vetoes Private Probation Bill

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

The bill would have allowed these private probation companies to shield details of their practices from public eyes, while still raking in millions from those they're meant to supervise.

How Many More Fiery Rail Explosions Do We Need?

Noah Greenwald | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Noah Greenwald

At what point do we stay "hold on, no more of this," get a moratorium in place, and figure out exactly how we're going to put a stop to these crashes, fires, derailments and oil spills?

The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

Jim Liske | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

For decades, "tough on crime" policies contributed to the explosive growth of the prison population -- and the amount of money we spend on locking people up.

Are Brazil's Police Reformable?

Robert Muggah | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

There are signs that Brazil's already hyper-militarized culture of public security provision is becoming even more securitized. Nowhere are the risks more evident than in Rio de Janeiro where 4,000 federal forces were deployed this month to occupy the city´s most violent favelas, including Maré.

Why Do We Write About Cities?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In 2011, amid a visit to San Francisco and just back from Africa, I offered some thoughts about why we write about cities. Three years later, I'm not sure much has changed.

Looping Government Into the Innovation Economy: Five Rules for Getting San Jose Back on Track

Sam Liccardo | Posted 05.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sam Liccardo

Our economy is innovating faster than ever. So why not government? Here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, we understand innovation. The technological innovations created in our region have increased productivity and improved the quality of life of people around the world.

Over-Reliance on Solitary Confinement Is Inhumane, Counterproductive to Public Safety

Jim Liske | Posted 05.03.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Rick Raemisch, the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, volunteered to do something few would dare -- he spent 20 hours in 'Ad-Seg,' or solitary confinement, in one of his own prisons.

Securing the Electric Grid: A Decades Old Threat Demands Action Today

Brigham A. McCown | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Brigham A. McCown

As with anything in life, guaranteeing 100 percent absolute security in any situation is simply impossible. When it comes to the nation's electrical power transmission system, however, reaching the highest attainable level of protection is of critical importance.

Back to the Future: Bringing Community Policing Back to San Jose

Sam Liccardo | Posted 04.26.2014 | San Francisco
Sam Liccardo

We are fighting for a stronger economy, better schools, great public services, and all the other things we want for San Jose -- because a safer city is necessary to making all of them possible.

Labor Department Wants Safety Reports Made Public

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department wants companies to begin filing all workplace injury and illness reports electronically so they...