Long story short, when thinking about prison reform, stakeholders need to consider the needs of the many, not the few. Reforms should be applicable to most prisoners, not solely first-time, non-violent drug offenders.
This week, FBI Director James B. Comey became the latest public figure to claim that national scrutiny of police has contributed to a "spike" in violent crime in America. This nefarious theory, dubbed the "Ferguson Effect" has become a regular talking point on conservative media.
I recently interviewed Robert Spitzer, a professor at SUNY Cortland who has researched and written extensively about so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws, which eliminate the duty to retreat when safe and feasible within self-defense doctrine.
Jumping at one's own shadow is a perfect metaphor for living with post-traumatic stress disorder. A darkness that sets up permanent camp in your peripheral vision and won't go away, no matter how much sage you burn, or how many gods you pray to.
Every town and city across America has its unsung heroes who perform exemplary community service. This is the story of one such citizen whose selfless, unwavering dedication and hard work have immeasurably helped thousands of victims of violent crime across the State of Texas.
The potential for violence lives within all of us, and I'm no exception. Violence in my novels is contrived--it's pure fiction--but reflects a core truth about human nature. It's never meant to be gratuitous, but rather serves the story.
Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.
While we keep hearing and reading about a "cycle" of incarceration, homelessness, addiction and hospitalization for the mentally ill, the truth is that most of those with serious mental illness are more likely to blend in to society than to be on its fringes.
Since the Newtown massacre, visions of unfathomable crazy mass killers and armed strangers in the night have colonized the American mind. But you're more likely to be hurt or killed by someone you know or love. And you'll probably be at home when it happens.
If we're not the "most evil" country in the world -- i.e., the country with the greatest number of evil people in it -- then we Americans are doing something terribly wrong, because we have the greatest number of people incarcerated in our prisons.