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FBI Acknowledges Forensic Errors in 16 Death-Penalty Cases

The Washington Post | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime

Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI la...

'As A Black Person, I Want Less Encounters With The Police Not Friendlier Ones'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Black Voices

The death of Eric Garner at the hands of the New York City Police Department, and additional videos that have surfaced showing police using excessive ...

You Never Get Used to Going to Prison

Rana Campbell | Posted 07.24.2014 | Black Voices
Rana Campbell

Is this what rehabilitation looks, feels, and smells like?

USSC Unanimously Votes for Drug Reduction Retroactivity: Thousands of Federal Prisoners to Be Released Early

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.23.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Last week, in a historic victory for nearly 46,000 federal drug offenders, the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted unanimously to apply recent amendments to the federal drug sentencing guidelines retroactively to all eligible offenders.

Can You Hear the Death Rattle of Capital Punishment in California?

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 07.22.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

After Judge Carney's decision, I am very concerned that many murder victims' families will soon be dealt another painful blow. If the state retroactively eliminates the death penalty, many grieving people, already robbed of so much, will lose the justice and closure that juries, after a thorough and lengthy review of all the facts, had granted them.

The Criminalization of the Mentally Ill in America -- Have We Reached a Flashpoint?

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

I believe the criminal justice system has been heroic in its problem solving justice innovations. These strategies are smart, cost-effective and save lives. Yet these strategies alone cannot wholly reverse the criminalization crisis. Nor were they intended to.

New Zealand Opposition Party Offers Up Radical Shift in Rape Cases

Ravishly | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Ravishly

New Zealand's second-largest political party has proposed a radical change for the criminal justice system concerning rape cases -- and we could not be more into it.

Ryan J. Reilly

It Took This Former Congressman Years Behind Bars To See The Need For Drug War Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former Republican member of Congress is ready to join the fight for sentencing reform and rolling back harsh mandatory minimums for dr...

Changing the Odds for Boys and Men of Color

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Timothy P. Silard

A responsible approach to criminal justice can make our communities safer, save tax dollars and help all of us, but our current system is falling terribly short -- at great economic, human and moral cost.

The Central Park $40 Million

Thea Johnson | Posted 06.27.2014 | Crime
Thea Johnson

The payoff for the rest of us will come if the very expensive lessons learned from the case prevent this kind of injustice from happening again.

Why We Need to Keep Yuri's Legacy Alive

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 06.23.2014 | San Francisco
Christopher Punongbayan

We need to remember what Yuri Kochiyama taught us about building multi-racial alliances, about true democracy, about conviction, and about racial progress. We owe it to ourselves to never forget.

Top Prison Official Secretly Spent 48 Hours In Solitary Confinement

ABC News | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

When Prisoner 106 arrived at the maximum security facility of Level Six in the New Mexico State Penitentiary in Santa Fe, he was on the books as a dan...

The O.J. Trial: A Reporter Comes Clean

Jim Moret | Posted 06.09.2014 | Media
Jim Moret

Now, with no legal ramifications and no ethical issues forcing me to maintain my silence, I can finally share the one thing that has remained constant over the past two decades -- my personal opinion about Simpson's involvement in that double murder.

Blacks In Prison: Perception And Punishment

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One would expect such patently unfair statistics to cause outrage, and calls for more leniency in penal laws, but is it possible that the opposite occurs? Might the blackness of the prisons lead to more, not less, punitive attitudes and policies?

Grover Norquist: Republicans and Democrats Agree We Need to Fix the Prison Problem

Grover Norquist | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Grover Norquist

Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, find some agreement that a problem exists when there are 4,000 federal laws that can land you in prison and more than two million Americans are in prison or jail.

Instead of "One Size Fits All" Justice That Hurts Communities, Let's Get Smart on Crime

Kamala D. Harris | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Kamala D. Harris

I firmly believe there must be swift and certain consequences for all crime, but I also believe that the way our system deals with low-level, nonviolent and non-serious offenders wastes resources needed to fight more serious crime.

Ending the War on Drugs Has Been a Rhetorical Exercise, Not an Actionable Agenda

Glenn Martin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Glenn Martin

What we require is a wholesale mass-decarceration initiative that acknowledges the traumatic generational effects on the communities we've failed.

Putting a Public Health Lens on Incarceration

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

We need to address the conditions for its spread, prevent its adverse impacts on children and families, and identify more effective ways to stop our "school to prison pipeline" by creating the conditions for positive trajectories for every member of the most vulnerable communities.

Expanded Clemency Program Deserves Bipartisan Support

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Until Congress passes bills like Rob Portman's Second Chance Reauthorization Act, or the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, we'll remain a long way off from a fair, effective criminal justice system.

Embracing Technology Can Reduce False Convictions

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.28.2014 | New York
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

New York State should require recording of interrogations for two very simple reasons. First, it makes policing more accurate. Second, it is necessary because research indicates that false confessions are quite common.

Taping Police Interrogations Could Have Prevented This Horrific Miscarriage of Justice

Jeff Kukucka | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Jeff Kukucka

We found that interrogators who were told that their sessions would be taped were less likely to use certain high-pressure interrogation techniques such as threatening the suspect and promising leniency in exchange for a confession.

Sanitizing the Death Penalty

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

Just like opposing torture does not mean one condones terrorism, opposing the death penalty does not mean one condones murder.

Below the Radar: The U.S. Deports Military Veterans

Alisa Wellek | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Alisa Wellek

Even more absurd and unjust are the constraints placed on immigration judges to limit their ability to judge when deciding cases.

The Real Roots of Prison Recidivism

David Chura | Posted 07.22.2014 | Crime
David Chura

There's not much forgiveness in American culture. It seems that ex-offenders can't suffer enough or repent enough for our Puritan tastes. Criminal justice experts have been searching for the "holy grail of rehabilitation" for years, and nothing has worked.

Just Communication

Ron Nikkel | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good. (attributed o Lao Tz...