Chris Christie has a problem with the presumption of innocence

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The presumption of innocence is one of the most basic standards of criminal justice. Christie thinks it’s bad.

Why I don’t use the term “police brutality”

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The term describes the phenomenon, but doesn’t do it justice.
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Bipartisan sentencing reform bill to be introduced in the Senate today

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In today’s Senate, bipartisan coalitions on substantive issues are nothing short of amazing.

Bernie Sanders to introduce legislation banning for-profit prisons

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For-profit prisons are some of the primary beneficiaries of America’s system of bought-out government.
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Obama administration to test Pell Grants for prisoners

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Inmates who participate in educational programs are 43 percent less likely to return to prison.

Indictment of Cincinnati campus police officer in Samuel Dubose shooting shows promise of broader reform

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When the system isn’t bending over backwards to let cops off the hook, justice can be served.

America’s elected prosecutors are almost all white and male, and it’s skewing our justice system

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95 percent of elected prosecutors are white. Fifteen states have exclusively white prosecutors.

It’s time to kill the death penalty

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Why do we put people to death when it puts us in moral and financial straits?

Transitioning at AMERICAblog

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Yesterday, John announced that, after over a decade spent working tirelessly as a leading advocate and activist in the LGBT community, he is leaving AMERICAblog to blaze new trails ...

LAPD shooting of mentally ill black man reflects deeper policy issues

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Around 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles, three police officers shot and killed an unarmed 39-year-old homeless man. The incident was recorded ...
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