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Criminal Justice

Reducing Prison Overcrowding, Improving Justice and Preventing Crime

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.16.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Prison is necessary. But there are many forms of punishment -- prison isn't our only option. Just as there are many forms of medicine to address illness, there also should be many forms of intervention to address the many forms criminal behavior.

A Way Toward Balancing Government Budgets While Promoting Justice: Break Our Addiction to Incarceration

Vanita Gupta | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

The financial crisis has created an unprecedented "interest convergence" -- an opportunity to ally with unlikely allies to advocate for and enact reforms to stem prison growth and spending.

Mob Mentality

Andrea Lyon | Posted 09.18.2011 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

What is troubling is the public's fascination with the Casey Anthony case, the need to make her a villain, and how the media have helped feed the mob mentality.

Matt Sledge

Sheriff's Candidate: 'Legalize, Legalize, Legalize' | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.12.2011 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the front-runner in the race to succeed Sheriff Michael Hennessey, has a slightly different manner of spea...

Radley Balko

Why 'Caylee's Law' Is a Bad Idea | Radley Balko | Posted 09.10.2011 | Crime

Laws named after crime victims and dead people are usually a bad idea. They play more to emotion than reason. But they're disturbingly predictable, especially when they come after the death of a child. The push for "Caylee's Law" needs a douse of cold water.

More Political Wrangling Over the National Security State

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues are predictably using the Obama Administration's latest successful arrest and indictment of a suspected terrorist to bash the Democratic administration.

Jail Inmate Files Pornography Case

AP | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -- A Michigan jail inmate says he's being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can't have pornography. In a hand...

Radley Balko

A Letter Of Thanks From Cory Maye | Radley Balko | Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics

Cory Maye, the man sentenced to death in 2004 for shooting and killing a police officer during a during a botched drug raid in 2001, agreed to a plea ...

Have Multiple Alleged Child Killers Been Wrongfully Accused?

Posted 08.28.2011 | Crime

By A.C. Thompson and Chisun Lee, ProPublica, and Joe Shapiro and Sandra Bartlett, NPRJune 28, 2011, 12 a.m. 1This story was produced in collaboration ...

Presumed Guilty: Group Seeks to Exonerate Four Yankton Sioux Men

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 08.28.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Woodard

The National Center for Reason and Justice, which has mounted successful campaigns to exonerate those falsely accused of sex crimes against children, ...

Radley Balko

Myths Of The Criminal Justice System: Part 3 | Radley Balko | Posted 08.24.2011 | Crime

Note: As part of this week's launch of the HuffPost's Crime vertical, senior writer and criminal justice reporter Radley Balko outlines 10 popular myt...

Radley Balko

Myths Of The Criminal Justice System: Part 2 | Radley Balko | Posted 08.22.2011 | Crime

Note: As part of this week's launch of the HuffPost's Crime vertical, senior writer and criminal justice reporter Radley Balko outlines 10 popular myt...

Fairness for Defendants Who Survive Domestic Violence

Catherine Epstein | Posted 08.21.2011 | Women
Catherine Epstein

In early June, advocates gathered in Albany to lobby for the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act. The bill seeks potential sentencing relief for those charged with crimes related to abuse against them.

Radley Balko

Myths Of The Criminal Justice System | Radley Balko | Posted 10.31.2011 | Crime

Note: In conjunction with the launch of HuffPost's Crime vertical, senior writer and criminal justice reporter Radley Balko looks at several myths and...

Look to '94 Crime Bill to Solve Budget Crisis

Jim Kessler | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Jim Kessler

Just as a major deal on an anti-crime package seemed improbable then, a major deal on the budget seems a pipe dream today.

Keeping an Eye on Law Enforcement

Andrea Lyon | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

There is a big difference between interfering in an officer's ability to do his job, and recording what is going on from across the street.

Culture Shock in the Police Department: How the Newark Police Processed an Officer's Sexual Assault Allegation

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 08.10.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

The culture of a police department determines the extent of misconduct, and this certainly applies to Newark, NJ.

I Was Never a John Edwards Fan, But I'm Rooting for Him Now

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

No matter how much we dislike someone -- whether it is due to our high school-inspired jealousies, or our adult sense of right and wrong -- no one deserves to go to jail simply for being a jerk.

Michelle Alexander on the Criminal (In)Justice System

Sarah Stern | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Stern

The U.S. has an extraordinarily high incarceration rate, with 1 out of every 31 adults incarcerated, on parole or on probation. In some states, like Georgia, that rate is 1 in 13.

DSK and Bail: But Aren't the French Right?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

What is it about the bail bond system in the U.S. that for many critics -- including, judges, prosecutors and bar associations -- is so odious, so unfair, and indeed one of the dirty secrets in criminal law?

The Truth About False Confessions

Katy Welter | Posted 07.23.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Understanding the conditions that give rise to false confessions will help prevent a phenomenon that implicates innocent people.

A Mother's Day Reminder

Grace Bauer | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Grace Bauer

Of my 24 years as a mother, seven have been stained by the reminder of a loss that never ends. I am the mother of a young man in prison, one of 2.4 million sons and daughters behind bars.

Pancho Villa Relative Is Mexico's New Top Cop

AP | By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 07.04.2011 | World

CHETUMAL, Mexico -- Much like his great uncle, revolutionary leader Pancho Villa, retired Mexican army Gen. Carlos Bibiano Villa Castillo isn't easily...

Alex Wagner

Ford Announces $100K Award For 'Courageous Leaders' | Alex Wagner | Posted 07.04.2011 | Impact

NEW YORK -- For the last 20 years, Guatemalan architect Teddy Cruz has focused on the physical and cultural barriers that divide urban areas, especial...

We Can Stop the Execution of Troy Davis

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
Ben Jealous

As an American, I have faith in our justice system. But as President of the NAACP, I have seen how our justice system can fail -- sometimes even when it comes to life and death.