Trayvon Martin: When Fear and Hostility Drive Public Policy

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Sharon Kyle: At a minimum, let’s hope the Trayvon Martin tragedy — like the Emmett Till tragedy years ago — puts a spotlight on the danger of allowing fear and hostility to drive social policy.

Mom Jailed for Not Checking “Felony” Box

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Bruce Reilly: The cages of America look a lot more like Anita McLemore than most would believe. And the criminal justice system far too often endeavors to ensure that the ripples of a criminal conviction never stop.

What’s the Cost of Firing Someone with a Criminal Record?

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Bruce Reilly: What is the message being heard by millions of people across the country who have criminal convictions? That message is clear: Don’t bother looking for work. Don’t bother getting an education. Don’t bother obeying the rules.

Redefining Criminality: Untangling DHS’s Record High Deportation Numbers

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Michele Waslin: Because ICE categorizes criminal offenses so broadly, minor offenses can appear to be serious crimes. For example, drug-related crimes can include everything from dealing large amounts to simple possession;

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