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Criminal Justice

Chris Kirkham

Florida Prisons Bill Would Expand Private Management, Netting A Big Win For Political Contributors | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.02.2012 | Business

Florida this week faces a choice that is increasingly confronting much of the nation -- whether to hand over a major slice of its prison system to pri...

Are Criminals Born That Way? What Study Says

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Searles | Posted 03.27.2012 | Science

Genes, Criminal Behavior Linked In University Of Texas Study

It Is Time to Rethink Jurors' Access to Information

Brad Reid | Posted 03.19.2012 | Media
Brad Reid

Recently the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed a capital murder conviction in part because a juror disobeyed specific instructions not to tweet (Dimas-M...

Law and Disorder: The Psychology of False Confessions

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.13.2012 | Crime
Wray Herbert

Confessions are powerful and damning evidence, which is a good thing if the defendant is guilty. But what if the defendant is innocent?

Recidivism in Philadelphia

Paul Heroux | Posted 12.27.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Jail is one of the largest recipients of persons with a serious mental illness. Is incarceration the best our society can do for people in need in America? It is incumbent upon the private and public sectors to make sure that help is available.

Reflections on the Trial of Lawrence King's Murderer

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 02.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Scottie Thomaston

I wonder if McInerney's 21-year sentence is too easy, a way to prop up a failed system and a failed response to crime. I wonder if it's putting a band-aid on our problems when we should be doing a lot more to end violence against our most oppressed.

Releasing Callixte: the Best Decision the ICC Has Ever Made

Seth Engel | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Seth Engel

It's easy to say that dictators, tyrants or terrorists are guilty and deserve to be shot. It is important to remember, however, that we no longer live in an age where we can summarily execute those who are responsible for the gravest of atrocities.

Radley Balko

School Police Have Uncertain Impact On Student Arrests, Crime Prevention | Radley Balko | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

A headline-generating study, published in the journal Pediatrics this week, suggests that approximately one in three Americans is arrested before age ...

Education From the Inside Out: A Plea for Prison Education

Baz Dreisinger | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Baz Dreisinger

If we care about equitable prisoner re-entry and about reducing America's absurdly high recidivism rate, we should care about prison education. The value of higher education behind bars transcends dollars and cents.

Sometimes the Other Person Has a Point

Andrea Lyon | Posted 01.29.2012 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

It is hard to admit a mistake, but for heaven's sake, there has to be a better way to evaluate a case than fighting simply to save the conviction.

Detroit City Council Passes 'Ban The Box' Ordinance For City Vendors, Contractors

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 11.22.2011 | Detroit

The Detroit City Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to adopt a "ban the box" ordinance that removes a question asking about an applicant's prio...

Post-Conviction DNA Testing in Massachusetts

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Nationwide, DNA tests have helped exonerate 280 innocent men and women. Since the first DNA exoneration 22 years ago in 1989, 49 states have passed laws granting inmates the right to test DNA evidence.

Another Side to the Penn State Story

Marty Robins | Posted 01.21.2012 | Crime
Marty Robins

I have no idea whether Mr. Sandusky perpetrated these heinous acts or whether Dr. Spanier, Mr. Paterno, Mr. Curley, Mr. McQueary or anyone else knowingly or recklessly facilitated or even tolerated them. I do know that in America, we are innocent until proven guilty.

Losing Hearts and Minds in the Drug War

Norm Stamper | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Norm Stamper

In the forty years since Richard Nixon declared a "War on Drugs," Americans' perceptions of that war are finally beginning to shift.

"Big Brother" is Really Watching You -- GPS Surveillance in the Supreme Court

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 01.07.2012 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

In United States v. Jones, the Supreme Court will decide whether the secret installation by police of a GPS device to the defendant's vehicle and monitoring his movements every day for four weeks is a "search" that requires a warrant.

The Death Penalty: Questionable Evidence for Deterrence

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.08.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

The death penalty is about as divisive an issue as abortion or gun control. Studies are offered by proponents and opponents to both support and condemn both sides of each issue. It is therefore imperative to assess and critique the quality, reliability and validity of the studies.

Willful Ignorance In Texas Execution?

Radley Balko | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

A week from today, Texas death row inmate Henry "Hank" Skinner is scheduled to be executed for the 1995 murders of Twila Busby and her two adult sons....

Restoring Capitalism: Unequal Justice -- Banker Arrests O; Protester Arrests 2,511

Bruce Judson | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business
Bruce Judson

Almost 3,000 people have been arrested for activities that caused minimal, if any, injury to our society. At the same time, no financiers have been arrested for blatant legal violations, which have led millions of people to suffer and have practically brought our nation to its knees.

Immunity and Impunity in Elite America

Glenn Greenwald | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Glenn Greenwald

As intense protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street continue to grow, it is worth asking: Why now? The answer is not obvious. After all, severe income and wealth inequality have long plagued the United States.

State Budget Cuts Mean Logjams In Criminal Justice System

AP | By GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 12.26.2011 | Black Voices

ATLANTA -- Prosecutors are forced to ignore misdemeanor violations to pursue more serious crimes. Judges are delaying trials to cope with layoffs and ...

This Is Worthy of Wall Street Protests

Dan Solin | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

If you are homeless and poor, and steal the equivalent of the cost of bag of groceries to feed yourself and your family, you could spend a decade and a half in prison. This is worthy of Wall Street protests.

Mike Sacks

Republicans Stymie Jim Webb's Criminal Justice Overhaul | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim Webb's effort to reform criminal justice in the United States has once again been blocked in the Senate. On Thursday aftern...

Mike Sacks

Commission For Major Criminal Justice Overhaul Back On Track In Congress | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) on Monday afternoon offered his National Criminal Justice Commission Act as an amendment to a major appropriations...

Gun Rights & Marijuana Reform -- Issues Joined!

Richard Feldman | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Richard Feldman

Gun rights activists are generally from the political right while marijuana reformers are typically from the political left. Ironically, if they could get past their distrust of each other, the two groups would discover that they are quite similar.

More Black Men Are In Prison Today Than Were Slaves In 1850, Law Professor Says

Posted 10.13.2011 | Crime

More black men are behind bars or under the watch of the criminal justice system than there were enslaved in 1850, according to the author of a book a...