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Criminal Justice System

Communities in the U.S. in which many residents struggle in their daily lives and have little chance for social mobility are more likely to feel the criminal justice system discriminates against them, a report says. […] Read More

Victims of trafficking often end up with criminal records resulting from forced actions during enslavement, making it hard to rebuild their lives after being freed. The laws of most states don’t provide adequate relief. […] Read More

Pastors can be trusting souls, which makes them an easy mark for con men. If you receive an offer that seems too good to be true, remember the biblical command to be shrewd as snakes yet innocent as doves. […] Read More

The criminal justice chapter of my life, now well into its sixth year, stretches out into a long dark tunnel. The more you learn, the fewer solutions you have to address the social degradation that follows the warehousing of disposable citizens of these United States. In a recent trip to the Palestine Territory, I opted […] Read More

As embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales traveled city to city to talk about keeping children safe from sexual predators, a conservative Web site accused the Justice Department of ignoring for two years evidence of systematic sexual abuse of boys in Texas’ youth prison system. A story posted Sunday night on World Net Daily said […] Read More

In Alabama, if you are convicted of a felony and sent to prison, not only do you lose your freedom for the duration of your sentence, but you also lose your citizenship–even after you have served your term. In Alabama, and a few other states, even after you have served your term and are released […] Read More

Maryland Gov. Paris Glendening’s recent decision to impose a moratorium on executions in his state shows that the debate over the death penalty remains strong. The state of Illinois has had a moratorium in place since 2000 and is looking at ways to “overhaul” its death penalty system. Nine death penalty states currently have legislation […] Read More

A two-time convicted felon received a heart transplant last month at Stanford Medical Center. With more than 4,100 on the waiting list for a new heart—500 in California alone—taxpayers footed the bill for the inmate’s surgery, which could end up costing them up to $1 million, reported Reuters. The transplant recipient was convicted of burglary […] Read More

Black men and women are imprisoned for drug offenses twice as often as white drug users, though there are five times more white users than black users, according to a recent report. Of drug offenders sent to prison in 1996, 62.7 percent were African-American and 36.7 were white, according to a report by Human Rights […] Read More