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Criminal Justice
traffic stops

Curbing Traffic Stops Would Save Lives

When an officer stops and approaches a vehicle, both the cop and the driver are vulnerable. Any wrong move or misjudgment can turn the encounter deadly.

July 20, 2017
treatment

Blowing The Lid Off Of The ‘Marijuana Treatment’ Racket

According to a comprehensive review by the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, “few marijuana users become dependent” upon pot. By contrast, those who drink alcohol are nearly twice as likely to do so problematically.

July 16, 2017
Demonstrators hold signs of Sandra Bland and Kindra Chapman, both of whom died in custody, during a rally against police violence in New York

811 People Have Died in Jail Since Sandra Bland Became National News

In the year since Bland’s case, 811 people have died in U.S. jails. Many of those cases resemble Bland’s, with poor oversight and general disregard for arrestees’ health—particularly their mental state—creating frightening, desperate conditions for inmates that, in too many incidents, have yielded tragic results.

July 15, 2016

‘CAPTURED’: Book Features “People In Prison Drawing People Who Should Be”

Let’s call them ‘Portraits of The CEOs as Con Men.’

February 19, 2016

Videos Of Police Shootings Don’t Always Tell The Full Story, Experts Warn

“Knowing what happens on video after it happens is totally different than knowing what the cop was thinking and what he will say he was thinking,” says one criminal justice expert.

November 25, 2015

Three Important Fact Checks On The Democratic Debate

Unlike the Republican debates, with their share of liars, clowns, and blowhards, the Democratic debate delivered less inherent outrageousness, but that does not mean there is any less fodder for fact checking the candidates’ statements.

October 14, 2015

Fear, Mistrust Linger In Ferguson Despite Reform Efforts By Police

The depths of Ferguson’s policing problems were laid bare in a scathing Justice Department report that accused the Ferguson police of illegal and discriminatory enforcement actions.

August 8, 2015

California’s High Court Gives Judges More Leeway In Sentencing Juveniles

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court decided Monday that teenagers may be sentenced to life without parole for some crimes, but judges also are free to hand down lighter sentences of 25 years to life. Prior to the unanimous ruling, California law had been interpreted as requiring judges […]

May 5, 2014

Campaign Seeks To Expedite California Executions

Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — Three former California governors are endorsing a proposed initiative for the November ballot that sponsors say would end lengthy death penalty appeals and speed up executions. Former Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis were scheduled to appear Thursday at a news conference to announce the launch […]

February 13, 2014