Confession of a Drug Dealer

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Drug Dealer — My vision for post-prison was to help negotiate the peace. It is not a war on drugs, but a war against people.

California Law Proposed to Prevent Colleges from Sweeping Rape Under the Rug

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College Rape Bill — Gatto was inspired after Occidental College made headlines for allegedly failing to accurately report sexual crimes.

Using Community-Based Alternatives to Best Address Status Offenses

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Status Offenses — There is no acceptable reason for a youth to be placed into court proceedings because of incorrigible behavior.

Bratton Shouldn’t Bring LAPD’s Stop Model Back to the Big Apple

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Peter Bibring: A department that proudly holds out a commitment to constitutional policing has a moral duty to ensure some Angelenos don’t needlessly bear a disproportionate burden from policing because of their race.

NSA Loses a Round

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NSA Ruling — At least the issues can now be argued in court. Thank you, Edward Snowden!

When ‘Accommodating’ the Other Side Gets Expensive

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Political Accommodation — In today’s political climate, policy “accommodations” to opponents become a sign of blood in the water.

Getting Real About America’s Declining Murder Rate

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Declining Murder Rate — No other well-off, democratic society has a murder rate even close to that of the United States.

Let’s Set Bill Bratton’s LAPD Record Straight

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Bratton Joins NYPD: Broken communities, not broken windows, are the real socio-economic crisis in LA, and Bratton’s approach simply served to perpetuate the divide.

How False Confessions and Wrongful Convictions Are Betraying U.S. Justice System

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It does not advance justice or public safety for an innocent person to go to prison and a guilty party to go free. Interrogations must be recorded from beginning to end to prevent false confessions and end this tragic flaw in our criminal justice system.

Marissa Alexander Released

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Brad Wong: Though no one was injured and Alexander had never been arrested on suspicion of a crime before, a judge said that Florida state law mandated that she be sentenced to a 20-year prison term. The decision sparked an intense debate about race and the criminal justice system.

LA County Jail Tour

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Nyabingi Kuti: After touring the LA County Jail I concluded that the condition were so inhumane that If the arrestees didn’t have mental problems when they arrived, there’s a good chance they’d develop mental problems before leaving.

Another Round of “Knockout Game” Idiocy

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Mike Males: What is it that makes so many adult brains go haywire when discussing teenagers, to the point that they abandon all sense of logic, fairness, reason, and even basic reality?

Crime Survivors Forum Asks That Grief Shape Policy

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Dick Price: Organized by the 18-month-old nonprofit, Californians for Safety and Justice and cosponsored by LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino, the “Crime Victims for Safety and Justice” forum rang a litany of pain and loss and grief matched to calls for change, pleas for resources, and promises of progress.

Did Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Attack Him?

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Bruce Reilly: What it looks like is that George Zimmerman can kill all the Black teenagers he wants, just as long as he doesn’t hurt a woman.

Finally, Prosecutor Jailed for Evidence Tampering

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David Love: Official misconduct is most common in homicide cases (58 percent on the wrongful convictions) and nonviolent crimes (55 percent).

JFK and the Lone Gunman

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Joe Palermo: Given its epic flaws and omissions, it’s little wonder that the Warren Report, which the Commission presented to President Johnson with great fanfare on September 28, 1964, has been over the years widely condemned as a monumental government fraud.

LA County Board of Supervisors Mismanaging Realignment

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For mismanaging realignment in LA County, we are putting you “on probation.” We list for you the following five rehabilitation benchmarks that we expect you to meet over the next year.

Medical Torture: U.S. Detention Centers

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Alexa Koenig: A report released this morning concludes that post-9/11, doctors and other health professionals working in U.S. security detention centers engaged in torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees.

Stop and Frisk: Dispelling the Myth of NYPD Victory

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Bruce Reilly: People want and deserve highly trained and highly effective individuals being constructive in the community. This means more than simply training police as soldiers. We don’t need any more war in America.

Hurricane Sandy: The Price of Deregulation

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Julie Gutman Dickinson: While much of the damage and power interruptions were inevitable, the situation was aggravated by the fact that ConEdison’s systems were in a weakened state prior to Sandy.

Why Snowden’s Passport Matters

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Norman Solomon: Although Snowden was able to stay in Russia, revocation of his U.S. passport has been a crucial weapon to prevent him from crossing an international border for any reason other than to come home to prison in the United States.

Why Don’t Youth Curfews Work?

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Mike Males: Doesn’t it seem logical that a curfew requiring police to remove an entire group of people from public spaces for hours would at least reduce public crimes and safety risks involving that group? Well, it doesn’t.

Help Reduce Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

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Walter Moss: Let’s not just complain about our dysfunctional Congress. Let’s demonstrate that ordinary citizens still have a voice that matters in our democracy.

Corruption in Detroit: Kwame Kilpatrick Will Hip Hop to Prison

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Jamala Rogers: At a time when Detroit needed him the most, Kwame chose the opportunist path by adding to the oppression of black folks and looking out for himself.

Money Talks, Reason Walks

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Robin Lakoff: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission will do for wealthy individuals what Citizens United did for corporations: allow them to give essentially unlimited amounts of money to political parties and candidates.

Gov. Brown Vetoes Modest Drug Sentencing Reform Bill

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Will Matthews: By vetoing S.B. 649, Gov. Brown has thwarted the will of the voters and their elected representatives by rejecting a modest reform that would have helped end mass incarceration in this state.

Congress Needs to Act to Reduce Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

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Thomas P. Moss and Walter G. Moss: Not only would passage of the Justice Safety Valve Act prevent lives and money from being lost down the drain. It would also demonstrate to politicians and average citizens in this time of ideological rigidity that Congress still can, at least occasionally, come together to work for the common good.

Citizens United on Steroids

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Steven Mikulan: McCutcheon, like Citizens United and virtually every other right-wing attempt to return the United States to its Gilded Age of conspicuous inequality, stakes its claim on the First Amendment — it’s all about free speech.

Wrong Then, Wrong Now: Mindful of Internment, California Condemns Detention under NDAA

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Ahilan Arulanantham: The passage of California’s law against indefinite detention under the NDAA sends a simple message to the federal government: we, the citizens of California, have not forgotten our constitutional rights.

Debt Ceiling Law Unconstitutional

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Ted Vaill: Mr. President, there is only one option: Declare the debt ceiling law unconstitutional and order the Secretary of the Treasury to continue to pay all debts of the United States as they become due.

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