By James M. Doyle
A pilot and co-pilot operating on three hours’ sleep start taking a wrong turn— right into the path of another aircraft . Quick work by an air traffic controller averts disaster over Washington state’s largest population center. Aviation safety people call this a “near miss.” (Although George Carlin thought “near hit” would be a better term.)
By Art Bowker
Recent Silk Road arrests demonstrate that drug dealers and users have gone beyond emails, instant messaging and mobile devices to adopt an underground online marketplace model in what has been called the “Dark Web.”
By Derek Cohen & Marc Levin
The National Academies exhaustive report, “The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences,” released last month, covers nearly the entire body of scholarship on the causes of the incarceration boom. The causes, as identified by the authors, derive from a charged political arena favoring longer sentences, the trend towards harsher methods of punishment, and the rapid development of increasingly punitive drug laws. Certainly, the last four decades of criminal justice policy reflect this.
By Martin Horn
There may well be valid national security reasons to limit Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s contact with the outside world. There is no justification for torturing him.
By James M. Doyle
We tend to think of the criminal justice system as a sequence of screens. First, there’s the cop screen; then, the prosecutor screen; next, the trial screen. Then, the appeals.
By Liz Ryan
As the May 15 deadline approaches for states to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), governors should ignore the recent public rant by Texas’ Rick Perry.
By Robin L. Barton
In high school, my first love was acting. But for various reasons, I decided not to pursue a career as an actress and opted to become a prosecutor instead. That career change isn’t as odd or abrupt as it might seem.
By Erik Roskes
For the past four years or so, I have been a regular contributor to this space. My goal has been to put forth issues along the interface of the criminal justice and mental health systems, where things can often be quite contentious. My goal has been to provoke thought, not anger; considered debate, not outraged reaction; reasoned discussion, not emotional arguments.
By Eric Granof
Incarcerating defendants prior to trial can be an expensive undertaking. That is why pretrial release has become such a hot topic with county supervisors and legislators in recent years.
By Joe Domanick
The fatal shooting last month of homeless, mentally ill James Boyd by Albuquerque, New Mexico police officers raises serious questions about their strategy and tactics in dealing with the 38-year-old Boyd, whose initial crime was camping out illegally in the desert.