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Punishment

To All the Governors Out There, Follow the President's Lead on Clemency

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 07.16.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

To all the governors out there, follow the president's lead. Start robustly using your executive clemency powers to reduce your state's prison population. Release those non-violent offenders who don't need to be serving their entire natural lives in prison.

The Road to Failure

Amber Kane | Posted 07.10.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

Discipline in the school system is much like it is in the world, it's about punishment, not rehabilitation.

Is a Death Sentence Really a Death Sentence?

Amanda Glassman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Amanda Glassman

As we struggle to delineate the upper limits of the United States justice system, ideas of human rights and financial concerns render the situation much more complex than ancient forms of punishment and torture. The trial and conviction of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brings this conflict to the forefront.

You Tele-Conferenced Me in Prison: Once a Cold Heart, Always a Cold Heart

Lee C. Camp | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

It is painful to hear true confession, often accompanied by grief and shame, to lay before others one's worst deeds.

When the Punishment No Longer Fits the Crime: Cook County and Illinois Seeking Solutions to Broken Criminal-justice System

Hilary Gowins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Offenders are being locked away -- sometimes for months -- for petty crimes, often for what Smith referred to as "crimes of survival." Those who commit repeat offenses are not being rehabilitated; they are simply being kept at bay under lock and key.

The Comparative Politics of Atrocity

John Feffer | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Is ISIS medieval? However much ISIS is committed to returning the world to the seventh century, their atrocities have a more complicated genealogy that stretches from the beheadings of the Middle Ages through the tortures of 18th-century France all the way up to the present day.

Should Parents Be Charged For Their Children's Obesity?

Diana Grycan | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Diana Grycan

As a mother and grandmother, I have found that punishing rarely accomplishes what we want. I believe that this is true for all people, young and old.

Healing the Criminal Justice System

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.31.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

What we're doing isn't working, justice-wise, order-wise, sanity-wise. The state of Illinois is bankrupt and yet its jails are full to bursting, at a cost, per occupant, equal to or greater than the cost of luxury suites at its ritziest hotels.

Kids, Trauma, and Adult Jail

Marcos Barbery | Posted 03.28.2015 | Crime
Marcos Barbery

In the adult system, resource-poor kids are sitting ducks for prosecutors, who are notorious for overcharging the indigent. The adult jail conditions are so dire they place additional pressure on kids to give up and plead guilty to jacked charges.

Two Strikes and You're Out (But Only If You're Black)

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.16.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

According to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, black students are more than three times as likely as white students to be suspended or expelled from school. Surprisingly, there has been little scientific study of the psychological processes underlying this discipline gap.

Why I Am Opposed to the Carrying Out of Capital Punishment in Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Human rights activists should not be deterred by the seemingly large public support for the carrying out of capital punishment. The only way to counter this is for intellectuals and society leaders to take a public stand for what is right.

23 Reasons Why Dachshunds Are the Undisputed Champions of Dogshaming

BarkPost | Posted 02.04.2015 | Green
BarkPost

There's a reason why a Dachshund kicked off the now widespread trend of Dogshaming. Why? Because Doxies are mutherpuppin' mischievous, naughty-minded dogs. And I will back this statement up 100% because I am the proud pup parent of a little weenie devil.

I Won't Be Coming Home for Christmas: The Christmas Experience in Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.05.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While it doesn't even come close to mom's egg and sausage Christmas brunch, I try to pick up a few seasonal items in my prison's commissary. Is it depressing? Yes. Does it hurt? Yes. But it is all that I have.

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 01.19.2015 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

Restorative Justice and the Rebirth of Chicago

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.13.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

RJ is about repairing harm, not punishing wrongdoers and, in the process, saddling them with a lifelong identity as criminals. It's also about telling the truth, and building relationships with truth as the bedrock. It's about connecting.

Domestication and a Very Cute Puppy

Zach Dean | Posted 01.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Zach Dean

There is a new puppy in my life: Liberty Dean (#totesadorbs, #errrmyghad, #there's-a-new-dog-in-town). She goes by Libby for short and she pees on t...

When it Comes to Corporal Punishment, Just Don't Do It

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

Desired behaviors are more likely to be learned by kids as worthwhile in their own right, not adopted under threat of harm.

Punishment Or Child Abuse?

The New York Times | Posted 09.18.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — The indictment last week of the N.F.L. player Adrian Peterson by a Texas grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child has set...

Back to School in the '70s: Catholic School Revisited

Tom Cramer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Ms. Woods' eyes lit up -- she had her first victim. All I can say is that it takes longer than you'd expect to get the taste of soap out of your mouth.

When Are You Going to Stop Punishing Me?

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert C. Jameson

What a great question! I wish I heard more people asking it. I want to explore the process of punishment. The process of punishment shows up in m...

Right-to-Lifers Are Hypocrites -- And Here's Why

Mark Olmsted | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

It's not the right of the fetus to life that really drives them. It is their belief that woman who have sex for pleasure should bear the "consequences" of their decision. The hostility is tangible -- I have the hate-tweets to prove it.

When Our Children Bring Mistakes To Us

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

Our children are going to make mistakes; whether or not we're part of the solution depends on the relationships we build today.

Moral Stories and the Media

Eldon Taylor | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

A recent study carried out by researchers, Victoria Talwar of McGill University and Kang Lee at the University of Toronto, demonstrated the value of p...

Blacks In Prison: Perception And Punishment

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One would expect such patently unfair statistics to cause outrage, and calls for more leniency in penal laws, but is it possible that the opposite occurs? Might the blackness of the prisons lead to more, not less, punitive attitudes and policies?

Stop Punishing Your Child And Do This Instead

OWN | Posted 05.21.2014 | OWN

Consequence. It's a familiar concept to parents looking to discipline an unruly child. If kids refuse to listen, they have to do extra chores. If they...