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Named legislation rarely protects the public

Bills authored in response to specific events are well-meaning but will rarely result in good public policy.

Is "Child Prostitution" the Real "Epidemic"?

There are much larger, unmentioned "epidemics" behind what we call "child prostititution" authorities and media splashes are refusing to confront

Raising Victims' Voices

Common wisdom says crime victims favor harsh and punitive criminal justice policies. A new survey of victims shows otherwise.

Who's really murdering our children--and why won't we talk about it?
President Obama, in the wake of the massacre of 26 children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut's, Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, says "we are not doing enoug to protect our children ." He's right, far more than he acknowledges.  How can we possibly "do enough" when the president, interests, and media commentators won't even talk about what the real dangers to our kids are?Here's a scary fact neither the president nor other commentators will contemplate, because it's just too…
American gun debate stifled by myth, dogma, and resistance to crucial information
During Barack Obama's presidency, 3,000 American children and teenagers were murdered by violence inflicted by their parents and caretakers --a toll equal to last Friday's gun massacre at Newtown, Connecticut's, Sandy Hook Elementary School every 10 days. An equal number of children were killed by parents too addicted, mentally ill, or uncaring to provide vital care. Has Obama eulogized these thousands of young victims--far more than are murdered in schools, colleges, theaters, and malls--as…
Gun nuts run amok
This past summer a young man named James Holmes bought four guns at local shops and more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet in the two months prior to opening up inside a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.   Now we have still another man (they always seem to be men) going berserk in an elementary school in Connecticut , killed at least 30 people, 20 of them children.   One recent report noted that "the gun murder rate in the U.S. is almost 20 times higher than the next 22 richest…
No on Prop. 35: The wrong tool for a good cause
Proposition 35, the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (CASE) aims to address the increasing prevalence and public concern regarding human trafficking in California, specifically as it relates to the sexual exploitation of children.  It proposes to do this by greatly increasing the existing sentences and penalties for trafficking offenses, and expands sex offender registration laws, including new mandates to report email addresses and internet usernames. Prop. 35 would also broaden…
CA Policy: Beware of vigilante policymaking
There is no disputing that victims of crime deserve to have a voice in the criminal justice system.  Organizations like Crime Victims United of California (CVUC) offer an opportunity for victims to convene and access a legal system that can otherwise be difficult to penetrate.  In addition, CVUC has taken its victim advocacy to the legislature.  CVUC states it is the only organization of its kind, "and its team of expert lobbyists actively engage in the legislative process -- to ensure that…
Schools Still Safest Places for Kids*
Following the killings at Columbine and other schools around the country in the late 1990s, public officials reacted with a frenzy. It was a classic case of exception-based policies: a few, isolated cases that were clearly the exception rather than the rule became the basis for wide-ranging policies. One report noted at the time that "A moral panic swept the country as parents and children suddenly feared for their safety at school." One middle-school principal claimed school shootings could…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 7, Number 2 - Fall 2010
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Psychotropic Control of Women Prisoners: The Perpetuation of Abuse of Imprisoned Women Prohibiting Registered Sex Offenders from Being at School: Assessing the Collateral Consequences of a Public Policy Parental Incarceration, Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption: A Case Study of the Intersection Between the Child Welfare and Criminal No-Woman's Land? On Female Crime and Incarceration, Past, Present, and Future In Memory of John Irwin …
The Recession's Impact on Crime and Especially Children
The current economic crisis has already had an impact on the crime problem.  Cases of reported runaway youth have been rising, stemming directly from the current crisis.   Many states have been releasing prisoners by the hundreds, if not thousands, in order to save money.  For the first time since 1972 we saw a reduction in the overall prison population in 2009 . A survey of 233 police departments by the Police Executive Research Forum in early 2009 found that 43 percent of the…
Abusing Kids at Home
It has often been said that schools are the safest place for kids and that the most dangerous place for kids is inside their own homes.  The most recent data on child victims underscores this.   In fiscal year 2007 (the latest year available) there were an estimated 3.2 million referrals to Child Protective Services agencies alleging child abuse and neglect, involving about 5.8 million children (more than double the number -- 2 million -- in 1986).  About one-fourth of these cases were…

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