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Holly Smith, Author of Walking Prey and Sex Trafficking Survivor, Shares Advice and Her Story

Jane Mosbacher Morris | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Jane Mosbacher Morris

Holly is indisputably courageous for sharing her personal story, which helps to illuminate that children (and adults) from all walks of life, can be the target of traffickers.

I Have Nothing to Hide: Government Surveillance Does Not Concern Me

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.09.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

By Irasema Garza, J.D., Policy Advisor, NCLR Policy Analysis Center The old adage that nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes is no lo...

'Drug Endangered Children' Laws Will Do More Harm Than Good

Diane Goldstein | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Diane Goldstein

We have seen significant damage done to families through laws that replace common sense and an evaluation of individual circumstances with zero-tolerance laws that foster injustice.

Top Seven Crazy Myths About Drug Overdose Antidote, Naloxone

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

With fatalities from heroin and prescription drugs still on the rise, naloxone, an opiate reversal medication, has become an increasingly popular meth...

Confessions of a Former Muslim Students Association Board Member

Atif Choudhury | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Atif Choudhury

Categorically bugging all mosques and "infiltrating" MSAs might be the quick and easy option for our government to show us that it is "doing something" to combat terror, but is it really the most optimal method for serious law enforcement?

Hawaii Cops Can Have Sex With Prostitutes

AP | SAM EIFLING | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Friday vowed to restore a line in a bill that would make it illegal for police to have sex with prostitutes. Cu...

I Work in Law Enforcement and Can't Afford My Student Loans

Steve Rhode | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I just read your article and am hoping you can assist me. I'm already on a loan forgiveness plan, I ...

After a Decade of War Abroad, a More Militarized Police Force at Home

Andrew Woodman | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Andrew Woodman

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have winded down, police have actively recruited military personnel and equipment, turning domestic police departments into small battalions more suited for Kabul than Peoria.

Modern Policing vs. The IACP

Diane Goldstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Crime
Diane Goldstein

We are now in a moment where both opportunity and a path for law enforcement leaders exists to negotiate an honorable truce and develop an exit strategy to America's longest war through the adoption of harm reduction policies.

They Should Name A Building For Him

Max Allan Collins | Posted 03.25.2014 | DC
Max Allan Collins

Recently U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed naming the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Eliot Ness, leader of the famed "Untouchables."

State of the Union of My Brain and Mental Health Policy

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.22.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Overall, I am heartened by the improvements in recent years that I have seen in public policy and media coverage of mental illness. But there is still a great deal of stigma against the mentally ill.

Health Issues at Root of Swollen Jails and Prisons; Solutions are in Diversion Programs

Dr. Timothy P. Condon | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Dr. Timothy P. Condon

The immense volume of people flooding criminal justice systems in the U.S. demands effective policy responses from governments at all levels. Effective diversion models need to be shared widely and expanded.

Looking at a Bigger Picture: Criminals and Rogue Organizations Within

Rob Kall | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Rob Kall

These rogue institutions are costing the USA trillions of dollars annually. But it goes beyond money. The perpetrators behind these problems don't use guns. They use massive holes in the intentional ignoring of laws by people who should be enforcing them.

Breaking the 'Bamboo Ceiling'

China Hands | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
China Hands

Sandy Jin talks to Xiaowen Qiu about her career at Sidley Austin and the difference between legal practices in the U.S. and China

Paying Attention to Protect Us

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

After spending a day providing mindfulness training for U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection officers at a major U.S. port of entry, I see that having a safe port is a privilege and an honor, and those who keep our ports safe deserve our gratitude, support and respect.

2013 Likely To Be The Safest Year For Cops In Decades

Radley Balko | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

With only a couple weeks to go, 2013 is shaping up to be the safest year for police officers since the 1950s. According to the National Law Enforc...

The Death of Kelly Thomas Was No Anomaly

Diane Goldstein | Posted 02.08.2014 | Crime
Diane Goldstein

By continuing to not critically analyze the failure of our national drug policy and how it impacts the mentally ill and our homeless population, we invite other incidents such as this -- this is simply a more extreme example of what happens on the streets every day.

DOJ Agency Warns Of Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

In the monthly e-newsletter for the Justice Department's Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) program, Senior Policy Analyst Karl Bickel sounds t...

The L.A. Sheriff's Dept. Is Hiring Cops With Shady Pasts

Radley Balko | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

A whopper of an investigation from the L.A. Times over the weekend found that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department -- the largest sheriff's dep...

The Police-Industrial-Entertainment Complex

Radley Balko | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

In my book on police militarization, I have a section on the role pop culture has played in blurring the line between cops and soldiers, particularly ...

First Anal Probes, Now This. The Drug War Takes Another Horrifying, NSFW Turn In New Mexico.

Radley Balko | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

From the state that gave us stories of forced anal probes, enemas, and colonoscopies a few weeks ago, we now get this: A New Mexico woman clai...

Drivers Beware: Sleep Aids Can Be Hazardous to Your Law-Abiding Life

Saul Segan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Saul Segan

This stress-immersed world is contributing to sleepless nights for many Americans. The desperation for a good night's sleep leads many to seek the ai...

Next Stop On The Road To Surveillance State: License Plate Scanners

Radley Balko | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

Over at Popular Mechanics, Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds writes: We now know that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are using a...

Justifiable Homicides by Police Resulting From Attacks by Allegedly Mentally Ill Rising

DJ Jaffe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

Fortunately, law enforcement leaders around the country are starting to fight back in an attempt to return care and treatment of the seriously ill to mental health departments.

When Did 'To Serve and Protect' Become 'To Seize and Profit'?

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Jesse Lava

Under many civil asset forfeiture laws around the country, cops can take people's money and property without proving anyone guilty, or indeed without even making an arrest. The more they seize, the better off their departments are.