By Connie Rice
The release of the Newtown Report on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday is a poignant reminder of the uniquely traumatic tragedy that befell a small, bucolic Connecticut town a year ago this month. Hopefully, our anemic response to the abominable act of gunning down first graders and kindergartners in their classrooms, will happen only once.
But there’s an equally large tragedy that happens perennially, and to which our response is inadequate.
By Erik Roskes
On October 1, 2013, Maryland’s modified firearms safety law took effect. Passed in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, this law expanded the group restricted from owning certain firearms. This blog will focus only on the mental health aspects of the law, as I have no claim to expertise outside the mental health arena.
By Timothy Murray
Two principles should underpin our approach to the development of public policy: fairness and effectiveness. Tragically, the cash-based bail bond system used throughout much of the United States fails on both counts
By Richard Dieter
Our European allies are imposing economic sanctions. Multinational pharmaceutical companies are threatening our supply of vital drugs. At the same time, medical practitioners have been drawn into an area that is foreign to them.
By Glenn E. Martin
When Target says, “Expect More, Pay Less,” who knew the “more” would include an effort to uphold Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
By Delores Jones-Brown
As New Yorkers are poised to elect a new mayor next week, the greatest challenge that the new administration will face is how to keep crime low without violating the civil rights of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
By Robin L. Barton
Like many people, I get breaking news email alerts from various media agencies, including CNN and the New York Times. Usually they’re sent out for appropriate events, such as when someone important dies or when a natural disaster or other public emergency occurs.
By Susan Broderick
An August 28 report from Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project revealed that between 1997 and 2011, the juvenile commitment rate in the United States had fallen by an estimated 48 per cent.
By Greg Berman
Twenty years ago, on West 54th Street in New York City, a long-dormant courthouse was given new life and a new mission: to reduce both crime and incarceration by linking misdemeanor defendants to community restitution projects and social services instead of short-term jail sentences.
By Harold Trulear
Criminal justice reform advocates from the faith community are celebrating the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) action to reduce the cost of prison phone calls.