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The 'Superpredator' Scare Revisited

Steve Drizin | Posted 04.09.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

In the mid-nineties, the "superpredator" myth was premised on junk science and inaccurate predictions based on demographics that forecasted an increase in violence by urban teenagers who were "fatherless, Godless, and jobless."

Reducing Over-Incarceration Isn't Just a Grown-up Problem

Steve Drizin | Posted 11.25.2013 | Crime
Steve Drizin

The next step is to bring the U.S. in line with a series of recent Supreme Court decisions that recognize juvenile offenders as being immature, impulsive, and highly susceptible to peer pressure, and therefore less culpable than adult offenders. Unfortunately, most states still punish youth without regard to these findings.

Trayvon and the Myth of the 'Juvenile Superpredator'

Steve Drizin | Posted 11.17.2013 | Crime
Steve Drizin

When I first read and watched the media coverage of Trayvon Martin's death and listened to George Zimmerman's conversation with police dispatchers, I couldn't help thinking that Trayvon Martin was just the latest casualty of the myth of the "juvenile superpredator."

America's Real Criminal Element: Lead

Mother Jones | Kevin Drum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than ...

New Faith-Based Initiatives Report: 'Serving People in Need, Safeguarding Religious Freedom'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I have long supported effective partnerships between government and faith-based organizations. Unfortunately, during the Bush years these partnerships were often used for political ends.