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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.