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Mothering Between a Rock and Prison

Zachary Norris | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Zachary Norris

Parenting is hard work, but by increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, Congress would immediately improve the lives of 15 million women, including 4.8 million working mothers.

New Report Examines the Growth of Incarceration in the United States

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Incarceration rates in the U.S. have more than quadrupled in the past four decades. There are now 2.2 million people behind bars, a rate of nearly 1 out of 100 U.S. adults, placing the U.S. far outside the experience of other western democracies.

Objection, Your Honor

Ellen Magnis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Ellen Magnis

Victim blaming has absolutely no place in the courtroom, especially by a judge.

Federal Court: The Police Can Stop and Search You for Behaving Innocently

Larry Bodine | Posted 06.28.2014 | Crime
Larry Bodine

The police can now stop you for no reason at all. Law enforcement just needs to add a sinister context to your behavior, and off you go to jail.

Almost Everyone In This Neighborhood Has Been To Jail

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

Welcome to Beecher Terrace, a housing project in Louisville, Kentucky where nearly everyone has been to jail or prison. "Prison State," the second ...

Former Death Row Inmate: Solitary Confinement 'Breaks Your Will To Live'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

Anthony Graves was wrongly convicted and sent to death row in connection with the murder of a Texas family in 1992. He spent 18 years in prison -- 16 ...

Celebrating the Power of Forgiveness

Bryan Stevenson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Bryan Stevenson

It might seem odd to want to help those who have offended, injured or hurt others, but I'm persuaded that simply condemning and persecuting those who offend, those who fail, is not a healthy way forward.

Oklahoma Tackles the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Adam Banner | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and both the number of prescription drug sales and the number of prescription drug overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Are doctors to blame?

The Ugly Reality Of Solitary Confinement

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

Filmmaker Dan Edge knew he had to make a documentary about solitary confinement after the head of Colorado's prison system was murdered. Edge had g...

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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 06.01.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.27.2014 | 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 05.21.2014 | 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 05.14.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 04.25.2014 | 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)...