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The Other Execution

Posted September 26, 2011 | 12:32:06 (EST)

While most of the press was focused on last week's execution of Troy David in Georgia, the same night another prisoner was executed halfway across the country in Texas. Most people remember the crime the second man committed, but not his name. It was Lawrence Brewer, and he was one...

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All Children Need the Love of Their Father

Posted June 17, 2011 | 13:52:28 (EST)

Whether it's a greeting card, phone call, or gift of a new gadget, Father's Day gives us a chance to express our thanks to our fathers. This week I am particularly thankful for the blessing my children are to me -- not because of the thoughtful note or the hedge...

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Meeting the Needs of Crime Victims

Posted April 14, 2011 | 16:27:05 (EST)

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 offenders are not held accountable to repay their victims. That's because our criminal justice system defines crime as an offense against the state,...

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Conviction: Sister's Long Struggle Against Injustice

Posted October 19, 2010 | 14:54:00 (EST)

It is rare for Hollywood to invest big money in movies about social justice. So, it is exciting that Fox Searchlight Pictures made Conviction, casting such extraordinary talent as Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell and Minnie Driver. Conviction is the true story of Betty Anne Waters (Swank),...

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Left and Right Join to Fight Prison Rape

Posted August 17, 2010 | 16:44:50 (EST)

Ending prison rape is a cause that brought together an unlikely group of organizations which are usually doing combat with each other. Leaders of groups from the left and right gathered to call attention to their letter which presses Attorney General Holder to speed up the process for adopting standards...

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Children of Prisoners: Innocent and At Risk

Posted October 28, 2009 | 04:46:14 (EST)

It is estimated that 1.7 million children in the United States have a father or mother behind prison bars. Even though these children have done nothing wrong, they are frequently stigmatized by shame, poverty and family instability. As a result, these children often suffer poor school performance and behavioral and...

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Stop Shackling Inmate Mothers

Posted October 15, 2009 | 09:04:30 (EST)

Most people react with disbelief when I tell them that many women inmates are shackled to the hospital bed during labor. I, too, was shocked when I first learned that this barbaric practice continues in American prisons. Sadly, it is not a rare occurrence. I think most Americans would be...

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Senator Kennedy and the Animated Discourse of Liberty

Posted August 29, 2009 | 13:25:23 (EST)

When I was growing up, my family thought Teddy Kennedy was the closest thing to the devil incarnate. His politics were way too liberal for the Nolans, and as Catholics we were embarrassed by his personal failings. But God has a sense of humor, and years later I found myself...

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Behind the Prison RIot in California

Posted August 13, 2009 | 00:38:13 (EST)

The bloody riot at California's prison at Chino raged for for long hours, injuring 175 inmates, with 55 with such serious wounds that they were rushed to local hospitals. 16 inmates were still hospitalized on Monday. Inmates suffered vicious stab and head wounds as prisoners attacked each other with makeshift...

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11 year olds don't belong in adult prisons - ever!

Posted August 6, 2009 | 05:45:10 (EST)

Would you put this 11 year old in an adult prison for the rest of his life?

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Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have charged an 11year old boy as an adult for murdering his father's girlfriend. They have said that they intend to ask...

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Getting Serious About Prison Rape

Posted July 21, 2009 | 14:34:54 (EST)

Women raped while in prisons in Michigan won a huge victory with the state providing $100 million to settle their claims. This settlement is not only a vindication for these women, who were raped while in the custody of the government, but also solid evidence that prison rape will...

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California Keeps Prison Population High But Cuts Treatment Programs

Posted July 14, 2009 | 11:21:19 (EST)

As California's irresponsible leaders have reduced the Golden State to issuing IOU's, one would think they would be looking to the prison budget as a place to save money. The state spends over $10 billion a year on prisons. That's 11% of the general fund! But so far significant reforms...

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