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Sentence Inflation

Joel Judd | Posted 06.21.2016 | Denver
Joel Judd

Beth McCann was the first legislator I worked with who actually started slaying this dragon. As a freshman, she proposed reducing a small basket of sentences and got her bill passed. The budget folks calculated how much this would save in future prison costs.

Child Pornography Victims Ignored and Forgotten in the Halls of Congress

James R. Marsh | Posted 02.12.2016 | Crime
James R. Marsh

One year ago today, the United States Senate, in one of its first acts of the 114th Congress, passed the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restit...

Welcoming Compassion for the Self

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 12.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Before we can develop a genuine capacity for offering ourselves compassion, we must be able to acknowledge how self-loathing lives in us and be able t...

Obama's Sudan Legacy: Justice and Restitution for the People of Sudan

Eric Reeves | Posted 09.17.2016 | World
Eric Reeves

A remarkable opportunity has presented itself, one that allows the administration to create an important legacy for the two Sudans, one that would endure long after the end of President Obama's term in office.

Sudan and the Obama Administration Department of Justice: Moral Myopia on a Grand Scale

Eric Reeves | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Eric Reeves

The Obama administration Department of Justice (DOJ) continues in its refusal to answer critical questions about the $9 billion settlement with French banking giant BNP Paribas (BNP) reached in June of last year.

Why Won't the Justice Department Answer Questions About the BNP Paribas Settlement?

Eric Reeves | Posted 07.17.2016 | Politics
Eric Reeves

There are times when decisions by the Obama administration are simply morally incomprehensible. An ongoing example is the refusal by Obama's Department of Justice to release information about the $9 billion settlement with French banking giant BNP Paribas.

Race and Repentance in America

Marianne Williamson | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

We need to apologize, and we need to make genuine amends. America needs to pay long overdue war reparations, and until we do, we will not move forward in any meaningful way. America needs more than forgiveness; we need genuine repentance, and restitution for our national sins.

Vast Majority of Federal Child Pornography Criminals Pay ZERO Restitution to Victims

James R. Marsh | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime
James R. Marsh

No longer will victims be relegated to a handful of defendants paying token amounts in just a few dozen cases per year.

Congress Proposes to Fix Restitution for Child Pornography Victims

James R. Marsh | Posted 09.24.2014 | Crime
James R. Marsh

Faced with a draconian decision by the SCOTUS in late April which all but eliminated meaningful restitution for child pornography victims, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Chuck Schumer spearheaded a comprehensive legislative fix which addresses the concerns outlined in United States v. Paroline.

Kids On Hook For Limitless Sums After Crimes

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.15.2014 | Teen
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

This story is part of Double Charged, a special report on the U.S. juvenile justice system produced by Youth Radio. Ricky Brum standing near the sco...

How and Why Congress Must Fix Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography

James R. Marsh | Posted 07.06.2014 | Crime
James R. Marsh

Almost two weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court basically invalidated federal restitution for victims of child pornography.

Disappointment at the Supreme Court for Child Pornography Victims

James R. Marsh | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime
James R. Marsh

This week, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in our case requesting compensation for victims of child pornography. In Paroline v. Uni...

Shame on The New York Times for Their Black Farmers and "Spigot" Story

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 07.02.2013 | Black Voices
John W. Boyd Jr.

Shame on The New York Times for the bias that was so evident in last week's front page story titled "Federal Spigot Flows as Farmers Claim Bias." It c...

Fleeting Responsibility Abounds in 2013

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Is it any wonder that we are bombarded on a daily basis about the new lows to which public confidence in government agencies, elected officials and corporations has sunk?

The Price of Freedom

David Protess | Posted 05.28.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

What do we owe an innocent prisoner after he is freed? Apparently nothing in the 27 states with no laws to compensate the wrongfully convicted.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

David Protess | Posted 12.17.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

If you're convicted of a crime you didn't commit, good luck getting compensation for your time behind bars.

Meeting the Needs of Crime Victims

Pat Nolan | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Pat Nolan

Crime harms people, and it should be our goal to repair that damage. The needs of victims of crime are often ignored in our justice system. Most offen...

Jewish Groups Launch New Online Nazi-Looted Art Database

ARTINFO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg created the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg as a special military unit devoted to the Third Reich's project of sys...

Haiti's Ransom

Isabel Macdonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isabel Macdonald

France's scoffingly dismissed the idea of restitution as a "farce" when it was raised by the Haitian government back in 2002. Yet the case for repayment is no joke.

Friday Talking Points [128] -- Merry Bartonmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Christmas has come in June for the Democratic Party. Republican Joe Barton just delivered a huge, nicely wrapped present to Democrats. The only ques...

Jesus Did Not Say 'Forgive and Forget'

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anne Dilenschneider

According to the VA, at least 30% of American servicewomen (and many men) have diagnosed cases of Military Sexual Trauma, a form of PTSD. The perpetrators are usually servicemen and commanders.

Telemarketing Scam 356,000 checks to be sent to scam victims | Mitch LipkaJan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

More than 356,000 victims of a massive nationwide telemarketing scam will be sent checks totaling more than $14 million, the Federal Trade Commission ...

Turks' Apology for Armenian Genocide: Good First Step, but not Good Enough

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

During the past week, two public appeals were issued on the Armenian Genocide -- one by Turkish intellectuals and the other by prominent individuals in Armenia.