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Criminal Justice

College Rape and Radical Feminism: The Forgotten Feminist Roots of Today's Anti-Rape Activism

Thea Johnson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Thea Johnson

The fact that this conversation about rape can happen so openly on campuses and in the press is a testament to the tremendous successes of the radical feminist anti-rape movement of the early 1970s.

Ferguson: Cover of Darkness, Rays of Light

Randall Amster | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Randall Amster

The convenient spectacle of "violence in the streets" obscures the perpetuation of "structural violence" everywhere.

On the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision

Ben Jealous | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

This is a sad day. The grand jury's decision is yet another sign that all of America's sons' lives are not yet valued equally in the eyes of our courts. All of America's fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged and in motion for progress until we are finally what we say we are: One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All. The path to these goals is focused advocacy and, where necessary, non-violent direct action. Those are the strategies that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Acts 50 years ago and the outlawing of racial profiling in New York City just two years ago. Today we are all Michael Brown. Tomorrow we must ensure each of our lives is valued equally in the eyes of our nation's laws, law enforcement officers, and courts.

'Felons, Not Families' Oversimplifies a Complex Reality

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

While President Obama should be applauded for reaching past the partisan gridlock in Congress that has made it impossible to improve the lives of millions of families torn apart because of strict immigration laws, his emphasis on families over felons seems outdated and a rhetorical step backward, not forward.

The Worst Place in the World for a Child

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Charles Radcliffe

Prison really is the worst place in the world to put a child. Which is why, as a response to juvenile criminality, it should only ever be considered a response of absolute last resort.

Think You Are Guaranteed a Right to a Jury of Your Peers? It Might Just Turn on Your Marginal Tax Rate

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 11.21.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Inadequate jury pay is essentially gutting class diversity and creating more homogenous juries that no longer represent a true cross-section of our communities.

Reflections on Ol' Dirty Bastard Ten Years Later: ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Although rarely acknowledged, ODB's tragic life offers lessons into the complexity of black existence and the United States' turbulent history of hardwired social inequality.

Michael Calderone

The Marshall Project Aims Spotlight On 'Abysmal Status' Of Criminal Justice

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 11.16.2014 | Media

NEW YORK –- Neil Barsky has taken on varied roles over the years, from Wall Street Journal reporter to Wall Street analyst, hedge fund manager to do...

Race Matters, Even Though It Shouldn't

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.14.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Even though a person's skin color does not have anything whatsoever to do with whether or not they are guilty of a crime, it matters. Race matters in ways that it shouldn't. And a recent Sentencing Project report about racial perceptions of criminal justice emphasizes just how much.

What We Can Learn About Criminal Justice from Our Wounded Warriors

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Trauma-informed care can and should be an essential part of the process to help both victims and offenders build stable lives. Building mental health care into the recovery process the same way we are beginning to do for veterans is key to stopping the cycle of violence.

How the Criminal Justice System Fails the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime
Lydia L. Callis

Imagine a situation where you are accused of a crime -- perhaps a crime you did not commit, or maybe even a crime you were the victim of. The arresting officers use a different language; you're unable to communicate what happened before you get brought to jail.

Why Is Judge Rakoff a Lone Wolf?

Joel Cohen | Posted 11.03.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Why is Judge Rakoff (seemingly) the only one willing to expose to the general public the galling scenario that plays out every day in our courts?

Prop. 47 Matters to Crime Victims

Heather Warnken | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Heather Warnken

As a criminal justice researcher, the debate over Proposition 47 is of great interest to me professionally. As a crime survivor, it's also deeply personal.

Safer Neighborhoods and Schools in California

Ben Jealous | Posted 10.31.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Next week, California voters will have a chance to vote for historic criminal justice reform in a state that badly needs it. A ballot initiative called Proposition 47 is poised to rebalance California's priorities away from incarceration and towards rehabilitation and education.

We Need an Accounting of America's Innocent Prisoners

David A. Love | Posted 10.30.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

Jimmy Dennis, William Nieves, Fred Thomas, the original Lex Street Massacre defendants and others are not aberrations. Surely there are more, many more, in prisons in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.

Our Current Justice System Is Tearing Apart Families

Olivia Wilde | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Olivia Wilde

Being a mother has reinforced and refined my thinking on many issues, including -- believe it or not -- our criminal justice system. That's why I'm supporting Proposition 47, a California voter initiative that will restore balance to how we approach community safety.

Prison for Teen Who Lit "Agender" Youth's Skirt on Fire Thwarts Healing

Sue Burrell | Posted 10.21.2014 | Crime
Sue Burrell

The news of Richard Thomas' seven-year prison sentence raises fresh questions about how the justice system intervenes in dangerous, but clearly adolescent behavior.

Kids Shouldn't Be at Rikers, Period

Alba Morales | Posted 10.10.2014 | New York
Alba Morales

People younger than 18 cannot vote, drink, or rent a car in any US state. Just this year, New York raised the age at which someone can buy cigarettes to 21. Yet the state continues to treat all 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes as if they were adults.

Prop 47 Supports Women and Families

Surina Khan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Surina Khan

If we can improve the lives of thousands of California's women and children, shouldn't we do it? Proposition 47, a common sense initiative on the November ballot, gives us a critical opportunity to do all that -- and save the state money.

Prosecutors Can Play Role in Ending Mass Incarceration

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 09.30.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

No one argues that a federal prosecutor's role is easy. And, in many ways, the revolution in prosecution requires them to make even more subtle and difficult judgments than they do already. But if the nation is to end mass incarceration, with a criminal justice system suited to that goal, we must collectively embrace the revolution in prosecution.

You're Young, You're Black, And You've Got No Future

Harriet McDonald | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

You're young, you're black, and you've got no future. Why? Because you were arrested on drug charges. You've been arrested before, just like more than half of the other young black men in your neighborhood. But this time, you'll receive a mandatory 'war on drugs' sentence.

They Accused Him Of Taking A Backpack. The Courts Took The Next 3 Years Of His Life.

The New Yorker | JENNIFER GONNERMAN | Posted 09.30.2014 | Crime

In the early hours of Saturday, May 15, 2010, ten days before his seventeenth birthday, Kalief Browder and a friend were returning home from a party i...

Why It's Easier To Treat The Homeless Like Criminals Instead Of People In Need

New York Times | LAWRENCE DOWNES | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact

What can be done about homeless people, those poor, sick, jobless souls who just can’t seem to get their acts together and whose suffering makes th...

The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.

#AfterFerguson: Faith-based Organizing's Approach

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Ana Garcia-Ashley

While what we at Gamaliel fight on are depressing issues, right now, at least, I'm kind of giddy. It's not often that a two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist basically endorses everything we are doing.