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Guest Post: Rolling Stone – A Case against Censorship

July 18, 2013 by

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guest post by Warren J. Blumenfeld Editor’s Note: This piece is printed with permission. We provided the images and links.  The release of Rolling Stone’s August 2013 issue featuring bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover has set ablaze a virtual firestorm of protest. A long list of celebrities, including John Rich, Kelly and Jack Osbourn, […]

Yes! SCOTUS Lets Maryland Return to Arrestee DNA Testing

August 2, 2012 by

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Apparently, the Supreme Court has some sense when it comes to DNA testing. Maybe. We hope. Because, no foolin’, super serial you guys, DNA is the future of criminal justice. We can absolutely transform our entire criminal justice system with some policy changes on DNA. Chief Justice Roberts issued an opinion on Monday that effectively […]

The Interrupters

July 26, 2012 by

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“Words can get you killed,” explains Ameena. She is one of the violence interrupters who walk through Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. She and the other interrupters walk through a world that is as foreign to middle class America as any passport destination. They cool down arguments, insert themselves into brewing storms. Billed as a documentary […]

Why Everyone is Reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

July 24, 2012 by

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Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, has been a phenomenal success in a way that few academic works ever achieve. It has had a steady presence on the arbiter of successful books – the New York Times bestseller list. Why is it so popular? Because it tells the […]

Joan Petersilia’s 5 Reason’s Prison Reduction Can Work

July 19, 2012 by

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At the recent NIJ conference, Joan Petersilia served as the keynote speaker. Petersilia’s work is well known throughout the field, and her long experience as a criminologist makes her uniquely suited to comment on the issue of reducing incarceration. Petersilia, who was given free reign in her discussion topic, contextualized the current move to reduce […]

Guest Post: David Couper on Improving Police

July 17, 2012 by

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by David Couper We live in a nation of big values and big ideas. Our Constitution proclaims certain rights to be inalienable – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Of course, not all rights have been applied to all people at all times during our nation’s history. Nevertheless, our values are huge. The enormity […]

How Common is Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities?

July 5, 2012 by

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A 2005 article that appeared in The Criminologist was titled, “It ain’t happening here: Working to understand prison rape.” Although I had spent some time working in correctional facilities at that point, I still labored under the popular myth that sexual assaults in prison were absolutely ubiquitous. Kreinert and Fleisher’s article taught me otherwise, and […]