Even for adult offenders like 18-year-old Anthony Sparks, the felony murder rule should be constrained, especially in cases where the death of an accomplice was the result of an unpredictable, intervening event.
The American prison system should be our greatest source of shame. The only country that imprisons more people per capita may be North Korea. The voiceless and voteless prisoners and former prisoners in America need us to advocate for reform.
Sometimes, good people do bad things. We're not talking about murder or rape -- but rather about people who committed non-violent, first time offenses and are withheld basic societal rights for their whole lives.
Once considered one of the most conservative cities in the country, and known largely for its industrial manufacturing history, Indianapolis may seem like an unlikely leader in the movement to create more vibrant, healthy, equitable communities.
I understand that good people can make bad decisions and do bad things. What I have a difficult time understanding, however, is the vastly different reactions from friends and associates to my felony versus my whistleblowing.
I love voting. Voting is a real, tangible action that reminds me what democracy is all about - everyone having a voice, everyone participating. So it is no surprise that I don't love when people aren't allowed to vote.
California and Colorado may breakthrough in 2012 with pragmatic reforms that chip away at the failed "war on drugs" with measures that "de-felonize" simple possession of controlled substances and legalize cannabis consumption.
In a stunning breakdown of the Arizona's obsessive witch hunt, a motion filed by plaintiffs for the acclaimed Ethnic Studies/Mexican American Studies program delineates several areas of discrimination against Tucson's Latino community.