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Felony Disenfranchisement on Election Day

Election Day is an annual reminder on the importance of civic engagement. Unfortunately, an alarming number of Americans do not have the option to vote because of their involvement in the criminal justice system.

Only Certain Young Victims Matter

Americans fixate on the 5% of killings that involve youthful gunmen and/or mass shooters and ignore the other 95%. Unfortunately, we largely dismiss the 99% of rapes that do not involve young perpetrators and social media.

Philip Seymour Hoffmann and the middle-aged drug epidemic

Celebrated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death at age 46 from an apparent heroin overdose is yet another indictment of the ongoing failure of drug war officials.

Youth incarceration at 35-year low nationally

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a new report this week highlighting a national 35-year low in youth incarceration with drops across almost every state. Despite this decline in youth crime, it is clear that state and local policies do not reflect an investment in achieving the goals of long-term public safety.

National leaders in youth justice reform
The nation has come along way in juvenile justice reform.  John Jay College in New York recently released a new report that details the various juvenile justice reform efforts undertaken by states in the last 30 years.  Three major strategies for reform are identified and evaluated in terms of the long-term effectiveness of each.   The three main strategies they identify are resolution , meaning limiting judicial options for out-of-home placements by closing facilities; reinvestment whereby…
Inequality in America
As promised in my last blog , I will summarize the current level of inequality in the United States.  In a word, it is ugly!  By most measures, we are far behind other democratic societies, such as Canada, most European countries and Australia. One of the most common measures of income inequality is known as the Gini Index of Inequality (a value of 0 means perfect equality--everyone earns the same amount; and a value of 100 means perfect inequality--one person earns all), has gone up since…
Death Penalty and Deterrence: The Last Word
Death Penalty and Deterrence: The Last Word
Income Injustice: The Impact of Welfare Reform's Fleeing Felon Regulations on SSI Recipients
Income Injustice: The Impact of Welfare Reform's Fleeing Felon Regulations on SSI Recipients
Cutting Correctly: New Prison Policies for Times of Fiscal Crisis
Cutting Correctly: New Prison Policies for Times of Fiscal Crisis
Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States
Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States
School House Hype: Two Years Later
School House Hype: Two Years Later
The Punishing Decade: Prison and Jail Estimates at the Millennium
The Punishing Decade: Prison and Jail Estimates at the Millennium
America's One Million Nonviolent Offenders
America's One Million Nonviolent Offenders
School House Hype: The School Shootings, and the Real Risks Kids Face in America
School House Hype: The School Shootings, and the Real Risks Kids Face in America
From Classrooms to Cell Blocks: A National Perspective
From Classrooms to Cell Blocks: A National Perspective

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