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Paul Heroux
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Paul Heroux has worked in local and state government; for a state prison and a county jail; in Saudi Arabia; for a national security think tank; for a community non-profit for 7 years; and is a government administration and criminal justice consultant.

Degrees conferred on Paul have been a:
Master in Public Administration - Harvard University JFK School of Government
Master in International Relations - London School of Economics
Master in Criminology - University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor in Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience - University of Southern California

Entries by Paul Heroux

"I Didn't Ask to Be Homeless: I Made Good Choices!"

(5) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 2:02 PM

Before I campaigned for State Representative, the main context I thought about homelessness in was a reflection of my past work for jail and prisons. Inmates being released from jail or prison need housing first and foremost because without a place to sleep the night they are released from incarceration,...

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Why This Politician Opposes Standardized Tests

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 2:10 PM

As a State Representative in Massachusetts, I have received numerous emails and phone calls from parents, teachers and education organizations, Republican and Democrat parents, political minded citizens and those who are apolitical asking for my support on reconsidering the use of standardized tests in Massachusetts. It didn't take much convincing;...

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The Near Uselessness of How Cable News Covers Sex Crimes

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 4:58 PM

Dropping the Ball

How often do we hear about a high profile case of child sex abuse on cable news? Too often is the correct answer. Next question: how often do we hear about cable news educating the public on how to protect themselves and loved ones against sex abuse?...

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The Failure of Sex Offender Policy

(15) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 3:45 PM

The public expects and deserves evidence-based practices when it comes to public safety. This is true for any aspect of public policy but perhaps none so much as sex offender policy. With sex offenders, there is a sense of moral outrage at the depravity of their crimes, and rightly so....

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The Disappearing Sex Offender

(14) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 4:58 PM

As a legislator, one of the biggest concerns I have is public safety. Keeping the public safe from the many dangers that are prevalent in today's society is a challenge. One area of work I have spent a great deal of time on is keeping children safe from sex abuse....

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Is the Death Penalty About the Murderer, or Who We Are as a Nation?

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 5:53 PM

The death penalty is an issue that I have spent a good deal on. As a freshman state representative, in April 2013 I gave my maiden speech in the Massachusetts House of Representatives opposing the reintroduction of the death penalty in Massachusetts. In my time researching and writing...

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MA Politicians Who Oppose Mandatory Minimums

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Being among the best of the worst is not an honor. Massachusetts may rank 48th in the nation in incarceration rates, as was written in "Opponents of mandatory minimum sentencing fail to account for reality". However, our nation's incarceration rate is far greater than any other...

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Radical Differences: Obama and Iran vs Bush and Iraq

(12) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 2:58 PM

The contrast could not be greater in the manner in which President George W. Bush approached Iraq and President Barack Obama approached Iran.

There are many similarities between the concerns in Iraq in 2003 and Iran in 2015. Fear of both countries pursuing a nuclear weapons program were and have...

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Will Negotiations With Iran Fail?

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 6:40 PM

There is an old saying that you don't negotiate with your friends; you negotiate with your enemies. It is very unfortunate that the United States and Iran are enemies, but they are and have been since 1979. As such, it is imperative that we negotiate with them. Former Vice President...

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Sex Offender Registries Are Not Really Keeping Your Children Safe: Here's Why

(15) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Since the publication of my blog post "Do Sex Offender Registries Reduce Recidivism?," a question I have been asked is "Paul, isn't it a good thing that I as a parent knows who is a sex offender living in my neighborhood so I can tell my child to...

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Do Sex Offender Registries Reduce Recidivism?

(16) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 11:41 AM

No. Or at least that is what the empirical evidence and research on this issue shows. But that doesn't mean we should not have them. The fact is that the registries don't really do anything to improve public safety. They just make people feel safer and in control;...

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The Salience of Islam in Terrorism

(3) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 2:48 PM

Terrorism, no matter who it is perpetrated by, is an act of violence done for political reasons. There may also be a religious component, but per any definition of terrorism, politics, not religion, is the necessary component. So why then does the West focus so much on Islam?

Research in...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 9 of 9

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 2:40 PM

Former Under Secretary of State R. Nicholas Burns notes in his course on Diplomacy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government that there are several important elements to a successful negotiation. These are: trust, personal relationships, a sense of vision and success, a willingness to compromise, an ability to...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 8 of 9

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:34 PM

America's Role
Perhaps it is arrogance, perhaps it is capability, or perhaps it is expectation -- whatever it is, the U.S. has been at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for decades. However, some Palestinians I spoke with said that the U.S. is not the right party to...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 7 of 9

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:39 PM

A Palestinian State
In addressing a Palestinian state's needs, "Any Palestinian state needs to be fully sovereign. Other Palestinians have told me, that despite Israeli concerns, Palestine wants to spend money on schools but to also protect itself. Who should be afraid of whom? Who has been occupying who...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 6 of 9

(14) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Two-State Solution

While all Israelis I spoke to agree the goal should be to realize a two-state solution, several Israelis told me that Muslims are not ready for democracy and that the two states will be very asymmetric. They described Muslims as though they had a very different set of...

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Ag Tech Is Very Important to Our Future

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 3:36 PM

While Thanksgiving is a national holiday, it hits particularly close to home for us in Massachusetts -- after all, it originated in Plymouth. As we prepare for this year's holiday, we immerse ourselves in the signs of the season: crisp air, apple picking, fall leaves, and colorful food. Some of...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 5 of 9

(9) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:34 PM

The Right of Return
The right of return is a sore issue with Palestinians. Several Israelis have pointed out to me the historical right to their ancestral homeland. But at the same time, Palestinians have told me that it doesn't make sense that Jews should have a right of...

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Israeli and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 4 of 9

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 7:44 AM

The Settlements
Israeli civil servant Natasha told me that in the 1970s there was a movement on the left in Israel that said that settlements in the acquired lands should not be built since it "will complicate our lives" in the future. However, for the mainstream, "it is Jewish...

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Israeli and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 3 of 9

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 11:56 AM

The Security Fence
Ever since the Treaty of Westphalia, the West has had and tried to impose on others international political boundaries. One of the tenants includes a general recognition of the exclusive sovereignty of each nation over its lands, people, and agents abroad. It also recognizes the responsibility...

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