For Profit Justice; What is the price and what is the cost?

The most recent expose of the for-profit corporations that manage criminal justice programs, My Prison Experiment, by Shane Bauer, details his four months as a corrections officer at a prison managed by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), and it is most definitely not a pretty picture.  While it is well established that privately run … More For Profit Justice; What is the price and what is the cost?

Judge Aaron Persky and the Sentencing of Brock Turner

The recent sentencing of Brock Turner, the Stanford student convicted of sexual assault on an unconscious woman while she was face down on the pavement behind a dumpster, has generated a firestorm of debate.  The sickening details of the attack, his refusal to admit culpability, and the odor of entitlement that wafts from his and … More Judge Aaron Persky and the Sentencing of Brock Turner

For Too Many Accused, “Making a Murderer” is All Too Real

  The Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” is creating quite a stir, and for good reason.  Like a John Grisham whodunit, it casts light into dark corners of our criminal justice system that law abiding citizens rarely consider.  The show follows Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent 18 years in prison for rape before … More For Too Many Accused, “Making a Murderer” is All Too Real

A Refuge, and a Way Home, for Heroin Users: Supervised Injection Facilities

There is a hot topic trending in the debate over the war on drugs:  should there be safe places for intravenous drug users to inject illegal drugs such as heroin?  A panel of experts from around the world recently convened a symposium in NYC to share their experiences in starting and running so-called “supervised injection … More A Refuge, and a Way Home, for Heroin Users: Supervised Injection Facilities

Three Quarter Houses in New York City; There is a Better Way

New York City is in a housing crisis (have you heard?)  And it gets worse from there, especially for the addicted and convicted in NY . . . and there are plenty of us. The homeless shelters are bursting at the seams, and neighborhoods once thought of as too dangerous to travel through, let alone live … More Three Quarter Houses in New York City; There is a Better Way