Category Archives: Criminal Justice

LA considers IDs for inmates

Every year in Los Angeles County, thousands of people are released from jail without any way to prove who they are, which makes it that much harder to find a job and a place to live — to stay out … Continue reading

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US federal prisons overflowing with drug offenders

No country imprisons more of its citizens than the United States, where more than 2 million people are behind bars, or roughly 1 in 100 adults. The majority of those behind bars did not commit acts of violence, but were … Continue reading

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The war on drugs: unhooded

“You’ve got African-Americans, you’ve got Hispanics, you’ve got a bag full of money. Does that tell you–a light bulb doesn’t go off in your head and say, ‘This is a drug deal?’”  — Assistant United States Attorney Sam L. Ponder … Continue reading

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Rape outside of marriage

Henry David Thoreau preachin’ it back in 1849: Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice. An appeals court in California proving … Continue reading

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The West goes to pot

In my latest piece for Al Jazeera, I recount how a trip to a Hollywood plastic surgeon led to me embracing alternative medicine and Adult Swim. Check it out.

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Texas justice

Ex-teacher gets 5-year prison term for student sex: A former North Texas high school teacher was convicted Friday and sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with five 18-year-old students at her home. ##### Three former students who … Continue reading

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Prison rape is no joke

As pundits and politicians fill the airwaves with talk of poll numbers and campaign strategies, there’s a genuine epidemic of rape going on in the United States among the most marginalized segment of American society: the nation’s more than 2.3 … Continue reading

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