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Holder: Big data is leading to ‘fundamental unfairness’ in drug sentencing

Attorney General Eric Holder told PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill on Thursday that he’s worried about the criminal justice system relying on so-called big data, in some states, for its drug sentencing. States should, the attorney general said,...Show More Summary

Want Safer Communities? Throw Fewer People Behind Bars

Before he started singing with muppets, John Oliver showed us a lot of boxes Cheerios. This was in the second minute of his epic rant on the state of the U.S. criminal justice system last week. Varieties of Cheerios – from "Frosted"Show More Summary

O'Reilly: "In Certain Ghetto Neighborhoods It's Part Of The Culture" For Children To Smoke Marijuana

From the July 28 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor: Previously: Bill O'Reilly: "The Culture" Is Partially To Blame For African-American Poverty O'Reilly Ignores Overrepresentation Of Blacks In Criminal Justice System

The Power of Second Chances

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. I got a first-hand look at how our criminal justice system could be used to transform lives -- not just punish -- while serving as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney's...Show More Summary

The Power of Second Chances

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. I got a first-hand look at how our criminal justice system could be used to transform lives -- not just punish -- while serving as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney's...Show More Summary

BYRON YORK: Could Arizona fiasco lead to firing squads for death penalty? So, I’m skeptical of t…

BYRON YORK: Could Arizona fiasco lead to firing squads for death penalty? So, I’m skeptical of the death penalty’s administration because the criminal justice system is a disaster. But, assuming guilt, I don’t really care much about the morality of killing people. The nation-state is all about killing people. Its sole reason for existing is [...]

Answers from Red States for Our Broken Criminal Justice System

Left, right or center, few dispute that our criminal justice system is broken. But two new and thrilling victories this month are giving real hope to activists who want more effective and humane crimes policies. In a largely "red" state," Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon signed the popular and thoroughly bi-partisan "Ban the Ban" bill into law. Show More Summary

Rapists, Robbers and Drug Dealers Among 30,000 Criminals Let Off By London Police

Nearly 30,000 criminals "have escaped the justice system" in London by being given a caution rather than going to court, according to the Evening Standard. New figures show thousands of criminals, including rapists, robbers, and drug dealers, escaped with the so-called "slap on the wrist" reprimand last year. Show More Summary

Imprisonment As Social Policy

Unfortunately America often uses the criminal justice system as a replacement for social policy, with disastrous results. The post Imprisonment As Social Policy appeared first on The Good Men Project.

DOJ Claims Judge Who Trashed 'Made Up Plot' Should Be Removed For Being 'Hostile' To The Gov't

2 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The self-assured nature of federal prosecutors can be quite insane. We've talked many times in the past about how the criminal justice system is completely rigged against anything remotely looking like fairness. From grand juries toShow More Summary

Charting the shocking rise of racial disparity in our criminal justice system

The position of most black men, relative to white men, is no better than how things stood after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1965. That's the sobering conclusion of a new paper out from University of Chicago economists Derek Neal and Armin Rick, who find that the considerable economic progress among black men […]

Trayvon Martin And African American Men Were Betrayed By The George Zimmerman Trial?

Was Trayvon Martin, and the African American men in general, betrayed by the criminal justice system when the jury came to the decision that George Zimmerman was not guilty? That’s the feeling being expressed by some people now that one year has passed since the trial. In a related report by The Inquisitr, George Zimmerman’s

New Zealand Opposition Party Offers Up Radical Shift in Rape Cases

New Zealand's second-largest political party has proposed a radical change for the criminal justice system concerning rape cases -- and we could not be more into it. The opposition party, should it come into power this September, wants to reverse the burden of proof in rape cases, making the defendants prove they had consent when they acted. Show More Summary

New Zealand Opposition Party Offers Up Radical Shift in Rape Cases

New Zealand's second-largest political party has proposed a radical change for the criminal justice system concerning rape cases -- and we could not be more into it. The opposition party, should it come into power this September, wants to reverse the burden of proof in rape cases, making the defendants prove they had consent when they acted. Show More Summary

Expanding Overcrowding and Financial Costs of Criminal Justice Systems Unites Global Prison Leaders

In March 2014, I was asked to speak among experts from around the world at the International Exhibition and Seminar on Correctional Facilities entitled "Una Ventana Al Mundo De La Reclusión" at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia. Show More Summary

Booker, Paul take a selfie; talk criminal justice reform, technology and show tunes

(CNN) - An unlikely political duo, Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker have teamed up in a bid to reform the criminal justice system for non-violent offenders. Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, and Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, discussed a wide range of topics Wednesday at a Politico “Playbook Cocktails” event in Washington. The […]

Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul Introduce Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform Bill

There is a new bipartisan effort to fix parts of broken criminal justice system. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a broad reaching bill to make our criminal justice system fairer and less destructive.

What the Bears’ Brandon Marshall’s Struggles With Mental Illness Teach Us About the Criminal Justice System

In a recent article in ESPN the Magazine, Chicago Bears All-Pro Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall admitted that in 2011 he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Marshall was diagnosed after being hospitalized following a domestic incident. Show More Summary

It Just Keeps Going

A Naked Singularity is now doing well in the UK. Overall a pretty interesting article, although it’s lame to pigeonhole the book as a blistering attack on the US criminal justice system. In 2013 University of Chicago published De laShow More Summary

Criminal courts tailored to veterans multiply as wars wind down

Pagan had stumbled into what is rapidly becoming an almost entirely separate criminal justice system for veterans, one that’s sprouted up from nothing just in the past six years. Nearly every state now has at least one veterans treatment...Show More Summary

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