Sandra Hernandez and Bethany Woolman: A formerly incarcerated woman told the ACLU that in her county jail, people in solitary confinement weren’t given any sanitary products and were forced to bleed on the dirty floor.
Laura Finley: Officials in many precincts have said that if it’s not a stranger-rape case or if it’s a case in which the victim doesn’t want to participate they won’t exert any effort to analyze the rape kits.
Janet C. Phelan: The scars from the abuses that Family Court refuses to address, refuses to protect them from, will be carried throughout the rest of their lives.
Gun Safety regulations have been made nearly impossible for reasons that have nothing to do with the reality of public safety, but everything to do with partisan politics
Steven Singer: What a bunch of cowards we are if we don’t demand police publicly explain themselves when they kill another human being – especially someone who posed them no bodily harm!
Randall Shelden: Among sociologists and criminologists, it has always been obvious that even a cursory look at the nature of crime and the criminal justice system reveal that class and race play important, if not the most important, roles.
Michael T. Hertz: The fact that some parts of our government (e.g., the NSA) seem to know everything about the citizenry while another part (Fresno County) cannot even check the records of its own related agency shows that we have a very inefficient system.
Andy Love: Apart from the barbarity of the death penalty, the absence of meaningful safeguards to ensure that death sentences are not unreliably and arbitrarily imposed and carried out should be deeply disturbing to anyone who cares about fairness and justice.
Coleen Rowley and Georgianne Nienaber: It’s good the President and Congress finally started worrying about visa travel but unfortunately Congress is still in denial about the real problems.
Heidi Rummel and Peter Eliasberg: Given the recognition that cameras are a valuable tool for determining what happened in a use of force incident, the DA should not file a criminal case against an inmate, or a deputy, for an incident in the jails without first reviewing the video evidence, easily accessible from the jail video cameras.
Ted Vaill: Let’s ban internet sales of guns and crack down on gun show sales and straw purchases, and impose comprehensive background checks on all gun purchasers.
David Love: Police chief is fired, community activists call for resignation of Chicago Mayor and Sate’s Attorney in light of Laquan McDonald Murder.
Laura Finley: I don’t want to pray for victims. I don’t want to seek vengeance on perpetrators. I want this never to happen again; I want to never feel this weight again.