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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

We Got the President We Deserve

(641) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 6:09 PM

In the aftermath of the war in Iraq, in 2008, nearly 53 percent of American voters elected Barack Obama on a message that he will pull us out of Iraq and restore our image in the world as a benevolent superpower. Yet, Obama has been criticized for the growth of...

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If All Lives Matter, Do Refugee Lives Matter?

(4) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 8:48 PM

We all know of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement. Liberals make this pronouncement to highlight the need to suggest there is a marginalized segment of society. Conservatives have pushed back by saying that 'All Lives Matter'. But alas, several people running for the highest office in the land do not...

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Is Accepting or Rejecting Syrian Refugees About Us or About Them?

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 2:57 PM

The Syrian refugee crisis brings to the forefront the question of American identity, who are we?

  • For people who oppose refugees coming to the United States, the focus is on who they are.
  • For people who support refugees coming to the United States, the focus is on who we...
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We Have No Idea Which Prison Programs Are Reducing Recidivism in America

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 8:57 PM

Throughout America, we have prison commissioners and state public safety officials all stating that they are reducing recidivism because of the programs they offer in their correctional system. I disagree.

I reviewed the websites of all of the state prison systems throughout the US. I wanted to...

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On Being the Parent of a Transgender Child

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 4:56 PM

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Marcia and Ryan. Marcia is the mother of Ryan who is a nine year old transgender child living in my community. Ryan was born with the anatomy of a male, but Ryan describes herself as having "the heart and brain of...

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Should We Discharge Terminally Ill Inmates?

(17) Comments | Posted October 24, 2015 | 11:15 PM

On a recent trip to a medium security prison that I and other Massachusetts legislators took, an elderly inmate serving a life sentence who was dying with lung cancer asked me, "After I die, where is my body going to be buried?" I did not know the answer, but I...

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Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 6:03 PM

Fear is often used to push public policy. Sometimes it is warranted, sometimes it is not. In the case of a transgender person's access to public bathrooms, I do not think there is reason for alarm.

The Declaration of Independence states: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that...

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Untreated Traumatized Teen Parents in Anytown, USA

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 6:36 PM

Can you imagine being a young homeless mother, who lost custody of her baby due to her untreated mental illness caused by childhood trauma, which results in self medicating with opioids? I just described a subgroup of young parents in my community discussed at a Healthy Families Massachusetts advisory board...

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Will Lebanon Fall to ISIS Next?

(9) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 12:14 AM

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.

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 | 6:59 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

(88) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 5:42 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.


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

(11) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 4:39 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 | 12:26 PM

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

(55) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 6:47 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

(61) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 5:23 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 | 3:57 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 | 4:22 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 | 3:02 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 | 3:10 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 | 5:58 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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