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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

Will Lebanon Fall to ISIS Next?

(7) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 11:14 PM

It is hard to say what is going to happen, but there is reason for concern and our domestic media is not addressing this increasingly deteriorating situation.

Sectarianism
In the Taif Agreement that helped bring an end to the civil war that lasted from the mid...

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What Can We Learn About Child Sex Abuse From Jared Fogle?

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 5:59 PM

The awful crimes of Jared Fogle offer a case study in child sex offenders.

Not all sex offenders are pedophiles, and oddly enough, not all sex abuse and criminal activity on a child is done by pedophiles. The criteria to be a pedophile are easy to find....

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The 'Other' Options With Iran's Nuclear Program

(91) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Opponents to the Iran deal often say that they could have gotten a better deal. These critics are largely found in the U.S. and in Israel. Critics are right for scrutinizing any deal. They would not be doing their job if they were giving it an automatic pass.

However,...

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Is Iran's Nuclear Program Really Getting a 24-Day Pass?

(11) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:39 PM

No. Iran's nuclear program does not get a free 24 days to hide nuclear weapons or attempt to build weapons. This 24 days issue has been a talking point of many opponents of the JCPOA. However, I believe that it is because either the opponents who have this...

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It's Time to Protect Little Lungs

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 11:26 AM

An Act To Protect Little Lungs is a bill that I filed in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The idea behind this bill would be to make it illegal for anyone to smoke while a child is in the car in a car seat. Penalty would be a...

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People With Mental Illness Should Not Be Denied the Right to Bear Arms

(54) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 5:47 PM

In the wake of the awful shooting in Chattanooga that claimed the lives of five US servicemen, several media outlets are quickly rushing to point to drugs and mental illness are behind the Chattanooga shooting.

Cable news might lead you to think that...

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Why The Shootings Will Continue

(60) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 4:23 PM

We are going about this all wrong. The folks on the left say with fewer or no guns we will have fewer or no more gun crimes. The folks on the right say with more guns we will have more safety from people who would abuse guns.

Despite thinking that...

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Nuclear Iran: How and Why The JCPOA Will Work

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 2:57 PM

Even before the negotiations started, President Obama's detractors were saying that his efforts to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program would fail. Now that we have an actual plan to review, we can weigh the merits of that plan. I have read the plan and...

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Two Stories of Homeless, Teenage Mothers

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Imagine being homeless. Now imagine being a homeless teenager. Now imagine being a homeless teenage mom. I met two of them in Massachusetts, my hometown.

Lynn -- The Chatty One

Lynn* arrived in the U.S. from Haiti when she was 14 years old. Almost immediately she...

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"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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