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Congress Finally Acts to Prevent Police Killings, But Will it Make a Difference?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

If the United States had better trained, more professional police, we certainly would not have so many police homicides, which are tearing apart the social fabric of our country.

The Political Rise of Restorative Justice

Molly Rowan Leach | Posted 05.26.2014 | Crime
Molly Rowan Leach

Restorative justice, realized in many states and localities as a new framework, views and responds to youth crime with a different lens.

Drug Czar Kerlikowske on His Way Out

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

This morning, President Obama nominated Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to be the Customs Commissioner. Kerlikowske has been an unimaginative drug czar, often invisible. His departure is good news for drug policy.

New House Bill Should Be Priority for Attorney General

Julie Stewart | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) today introduced a bill to authorize federal judges to depart below a mandatory minimum prison term in cases where the minimum sentence is not necessary to protect public safety.

Rep. Barbara Lee to Reintroduce 99er Unemployment Benefits Extension Legislation

Michael Thornton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Thornton

According to Gregg Rosen of the American 99ers Union, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) will be reintroducing The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act next w...

H.R. 6556 Was Likely the Last Chance This Year to Help 99ers; Next Year Looks Even Less Promising

Michael Thornton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Thornton

The latest legislative effort to move forward 99er unemployment legislation, H.R. 6556, appears to be at a crossroads, but more realistically -- a dead end.

Who Would Oppose Closing the Gun Show Loophole?

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

What individual or group would try to stand in the way of legislation that would make it harder for convicted felons and other dangerous persons to obtain all sorts of dangerous weapons? The NRA bosses and their allies.

Law Enforcement to Congress: Require Background Checks for Gun Sales

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

We need partners in every community; and we need elected officials, in Congress and in state legislatures, to stop catering to special interests and instead act in the public interest to reduce the terrible, and escalating, risk of gun violence in America.

"Most Compelling Testimony" Ever

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Yesterday, the Crime Sub-Committee of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee hosted a forum on legislation to close the loophole that allows "private sellers" of firearms to bypass Brady background checks at gun shows.

An Arcane, Destructive -- and Still Legal -- Practice

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

On June 29, 2010, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced the "Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act," H.R. 5628. This bill would ban...