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A Possible Revolution In Criminal Prosecution

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded cour...

Deciphering the Narrative of Rwandan Genocide: How to Move Forward Justly for Refugees

Galya Ruffer | Posted 04.16.2014 | World
Galya Ruffer

While we may never understand the full truth and be able to right all wrongs, the dangers of the international community standing behind a singular narrative of the genocide can be seen in the ongoing crisis of Rwandan refugees.

Teach Law Outside of Law Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.04.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

What if I told you that the most pertinent social science subject -- one that affects every single one of us every single day -- is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction. It is the state of legal knowledge in America, and it is profoundly troubling.

ONE ON ONE: 5 Minutes With John Forte On What A 14-Year Prison Sentence Taught Him

Katherine Keating | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
Katherine Keating

Since his release from prison, Forte has become an activist for criminal justice reform, and is particularly passionate about America's juvenile justice system. "I saw the worst reflection of our society as evidenced in our prison system," he says. "We are hemorrhaging right now."

Time to Reroute the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline

Howard Meitiner | Posted 03.28.2014 | Crime
Howard Meitiner

We're dealing with individuals with complex behavioral issues, and it's going to take a village to change the status quo. We must improve care and understanding for kids before they turn to a life of violence.

Attorney General Holder Combats 'Tough on Crime' Legacy

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Twenty years ago, the problem was a nationwide crime epidemic. Now, we face a different crisis: a prison epidemic. American prisons are bursting with low-level, non-violent offenders. Each prisoner costs taxpayers an average of $30,000 a year.

AB 2356: Back to the Future of the California Prison Building Boom

Zachary Norris | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Zachary Norris

Too many policymakers still fail to realize that job and social service investments are a more effective public safety strategy than building more jails and prisons.

Ryan J. Reilly

Bureau Of Prisons To Make Halfway House Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Bureau of Prisons intends to impose new requirements on the more than 200 federal halfway houses throughout the country, man...

Bin Laden Relative Could Be Held Responsible for Deaths of Thousands

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.21.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

There are lots of reasons one might be concerned about the severity of U.S. terrorism law. But I wouldn't expect criticism of this aspect of the American criminal justice system from those law-and-order lawmakers clamoring for the United States to be tougher on terrorism.

Oscar Pistorius and the Criminal Justice System at Work

Steven Brill | Posted 03.14.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

On a purely academic level, the Oscar Pistorius trial is a perfect example of why we need the strong and fair justice system that will allow society to search for the truth of what happened that night.

Six Ways America Is Like a Third World Country

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human development -- key factors like how we educate our children, how we treat our prisoners, how we take care of the sick and more.

The International Criminal Court at RightsCon: Upping its Cyber Game

Alexa Koenig | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Alexa Koenig

Digital documentation is crucial, both to alleviate the burden of testimony on survivors and to corroborate witness evidence in court.

Ryan J. Reilly

'Tough On Crime' Skepticism Gets Its Turn At CPAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- In a back corner of the exhibition hall for the Conservative Political Action Conference -- past the National Rifle Associatio...

Let's Fix a Justice System That Isn't Working

Harry Belafonte | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Harry Belafonte

There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.

Supreme Court Orders Fresh Look At Gun Conviction

AP | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says defendants have to know in advance that their accomplices would use or carry a gun while committing a crime...

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Prosecutor Tries A Radical Tactic In The Drug War: Not Throwing People In Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles is pursuing a bold new approach to the "war on drugs" in South Carolina. (Photo: North Charleston Police Department/Flickr)...

The Growing Trend of 'Revenge Porn' and the Criminal Laws That May Follow

Steven Brill | Posted 02.26.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

Police departments and DAs are trying to figure out just how our justice system will deal with this new trend.

"A Millennium for Nothing"

Pia de Jong | Posted 02.24.2014 | Crime
Pia de Jong

Everyone has their own reasons for living in a privileged town like Princeton, New Jersey -- but Jim McCloskey's are different. "I live in Princeton," he says, "because it is located exactly halfway between the East Jersey State Prison in Rahway and the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton."

To Wake Up Dangerous: on Thugs and the Criminalization of Black People

Jay Dodd | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

The war has become so complex and intersected that Black America is constantly fighting for survival across all classes and identities. The latest buzzword in the war is this concept of the "thug."

It's Time to Separate Race and U.S. Firearms Policy

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

If we can divorce race and firearms, we can talk about racial disparities in America and figure out if we need to create a more just system. And then we can talk about the Second Amendment.

Justice Reform, At Long Last

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

For those of us who consider criminal justice reform to be one of the leading civil rights issues of our time, these are hopeful signs that we might be entering a new era. We are no longer turning a blind eye to the damage being done to our communities.

Capitol Punishment: The Troubling Consequences of Federal Child Pornography Laws

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Andrew Extein, MSW

The decision to empathize with a person who has caused harm is a deeply personal one. We are asking you, however, to think about what happened to Ryan Loskarn, think about the laws, and think about the way society and the media contributes to hatred and hysteria.

'Ban the Box' Fair Hiring Policies Take Hold Around the Nation

Michelle Natividad Rodriguez | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Michelle Natividad Rodriguez

Stable employment is a significant factor in reducing the likelihood of reoffending. Yet, research shows that having a criminal record reduces job callbacks by 50 percent.

Obama and Holder Make Unprecedented Moves to Address Drug War and Mass Incarceration

Tony Newman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

Here are seven significant moves by President Obama and AG Holder over the last six months that have garnished them extensive praise and admiration.

Here's What Obama Is Doing To Boost Employment For Minority Men

AP | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is obtaining commitments from foundations, businesses and community groups to help young minority men impro...