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Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps -- and What They Say About Our Idiotic Drug Policies

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Why do we as a country encourage the consumption of drugs that are far more harmful than some of the drugs, like marijuana, we outright criminalize?

Prison Programs Take Innovative Approach To Reducing Recidivism

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

Here's a question to the country with the highest incarceration rate in the world: how do we turn tax-consuming inmates into tax paying, law-abiding citizens?

San Francisco D.A. Kamala Harris Talks To Kimberly Marteau About Her New Book Smart On Crime

Kimberly Marteau Emerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kimberly Marteau Emerson

What does it mean to be "smart on crime?" Are we not being smart now? Answers from author and San Francisco D.A. Kamala Harris.

Rhode Island Moves Closer To Banning Prostitution

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Rhode Island is one of two states without blanket prostitution bans. It's only sanctioned in a few counties in Nevada, but in the Ocean State it's legal everywhere -- just not for much longer.

Torn Apart by Deportation, Families Struggle to Stay Together

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Freed Wessler

Families are being torn apart by deportation at the treacherous intersection of immigration enforcement and the criminal justice system.

Our Justice System Needs to Protect Children's Human Rights

Bernardine Dohrn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bernardine Dohrn

Routine police interrogation methods have elicited an outrageously high proportion of false confessions -- coerced confessions given by innocent suspects, especially children, who quickly recant.

Deja Vu: Haddad Is Another Beltran

Robin Sax | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Robin Sax

There have been hundreds of cases and media stories about sexual assault in schools -- but apparently, even the most open-minded, loving people in Los Angeles still don't get it.

A Hole in the Night

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I remember big, white-teeth grins, laughter, especially from the kid in the white hoodie. He was laughing as he swung and connected with my cheekbone and I went down.

Governor Rick Perry and His Texas Death Machine Are In Big Trouble

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Cameron Todd Willingham is now a free man, but unfortunately it took death to release him from the confines of his prison bars.

David Paterson Does the Right Thing and Drops the Rock

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

Having felt the sting of the Rockefeller laws firsthand -- serving 12 years under a 15-years-to-life sentence -- I understand the full meaning of the reforms that went into effect today.

Reading In Prison: Ten Books; No Hard Covers

Kenneth Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth Hartman

In an atmosphere as poisoned as the criminal justice world, the restrictions that made any sense at all ran out fast. Somewhere along the way, hardcover books were deemed potentially dangerous.

Cook County Prosecutor Continues to Investigate Students for Trying to Free an Innocent Man

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Cook County prosecutors continue their relentless attempt to discredit the work of the students of the Medill Innocence Project in their efforts to exonerate Anthony McKinney.

Are There Good Men in Sing Sing?

Tom Matlack | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Matlack

I am here at Sing Sing to to bring The Good Men Project, the anthology I've edited, inside the prison -- physically and in spirit.

At Norway Prison, Inmates Lead The Good Life

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

OSLO, Norway -- The first time I went to prison, it was to an idyllic place with lush woodland, bright-colored houses and the waters of the Oslo fjord...

Climate-Gate Is Watergate Redux

Richard Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Richard Graves

An investigation into who is coordinating, funding, and leading a last-ditch effort to stall climate legislation through the use of criminal tactics and disinformation seems to be beyond the capacity of the field of journalism.

Robert Cabelly, Lobbyist, Charged For Work With Sudanese Regime

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A lobbyist was indicted today on charges he violated U.S. sanctions against Sudan by attempting to act as an official agent for the country. In an e...

Obama and Paterson Get Love For Recent Drug Policy Reforms

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tony Newman

For as long as I can remember, the conventional political wisdom had been that elected officials, especially Democrats, can't touch drug policy reform with a ten foot pole.

Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms Go Into Effect

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

For all the (fair) criticism of Albany's dysfunction, our state government did get something right this year. The drug law reforms go into effect today.

New York's Juvenile Prisons Are a Crime

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Love

If you can judge a society by the way it treats its children, then New York fails in a big way. In fact, the Empire State should be found guilty of child abuse and neglect.

The Butch Cassidy Revival: Bank Robberies Keep the West Wild

Lise Waring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Lise Waring

At least five banks have been robbed since April, the most recent on Sept. 22. The banks all lie a few hours south of Telluride. The news would, no doubt, have made Butch Cassidy proud.

Why Young People Falsely Confess to Police

Steve Drizin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Steve Drizin

I've seen police lie to children in all manner of ways, telling one child that his dead sister's blood was found in his bedroom and a different boy that his father had awakened from a coma and told police the boy was his assailant.

Colorado DA Announces Plans To Review As Many As 5,000 Cases Using DNA Technology

The Denver Post | Howard Pankratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Funded by a $1.2 million federal grant and using the latest DNA technology, Colorado prosecutors hope to review as many as 5,000 rape, murder and mans...

How They Cracked Zazi

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Stein

The feds cracked Najibullah Zazi without laying a hand on him, according to most news accounts. But some people still wonder if the rough stuff would...

Thirty Years Later Rape Is Still Rape: Polanski's Date with Lady Justice

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
C. Nicole Mason

How naïve of Roman Polanski to think we'd forget that he was a wanted man despite the many films he's made and awards he's won over the last three decades.

Barney Brown: His First Year of Freedom

John Maki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

On September 24, Barney Brown celebrates his first year of freedom after 38 years of wrongful incarceration. His story is one of the most egregious wrongful convictions in U.S. history.