Category Archives: Commentary

Dead Under the “Custody and Care” of…

There are many ways to die in the “custody and care” of the criminal justice system.  We see it seemingly every day in America.  Whether it is an NYPD shooting or an Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) shanking, clearly the government … Continue reading

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Does Change.org Allow Hateful Petitions?

UPDATE:  In response to the public’s outrage, the New Orleans Police Dept. stopped the policy of releasing records of victims.  Well done, NOLA. Activists in New Orleans recently started a petition to stop the NOPD from releasing criminal records of … Continue reading

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How To Confront a Candidate

It is often bemoaned that candidates only talk about certain issues, only debate the same topics, and hardly ever disagree on anything of true substance.  “My economic package is better than yours.”  “I’m tougher on our enemies than the other … Continue reading

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Iowa Caucus: Did the Anti-War Candidate Really Just Win??

Iowa Caucus Results: With all the votes counted, Mitt Romney at 25%, and Rick Santorum (a mere 8 votes behind) will split the delegate tally.  This split helps any other challenger, Ron Paul in particular, who came in at 22%. Gingrich (14%), Perry … Continue reading

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My First Semester in Law School: Not What You Thought.

As my first semester of law school comes to a close, I can’t help but step back from my typical public policy commentary and reflect upon what has been the most action-packed four months of my life.  As someone once … Continue reading

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What is the Cost of Firing Someone With a Criminal Record?

Can the government fire employees after the media highlights their criminal records?  They may, but it may come with a cost.  The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) allowed three people into their training program who had records, and all … Continue reading

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How Wells Fargo, and the 1% Use the Drug War

A new book, Amexica: War Along the Borderline, reveals details of how Wachovia bank (now owned by Wells Fargo) was caught red-handed laundering hundreds of billions of dollars from Mexico.  This is a major pillar of the banking system.  What … Continue reading

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Two Ways to Destroy “Occupy Wall Street”

As somebody’s momma once said, “the best thing you can do is show up.”  This has been happening all over the country since a group of folks decided to head down to that bull on Wall Street and call out … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Our Allies

To Our Friends, Comrades, Families, and Allies: No matter how you refer to yourselves, you are the ones who kept us going when we needed support.  Although you may not have stood before the judge and had your name called … Continue reading

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Prisoners and the Formerly Incarcerated, to Educate or Not?

PBS Newshour recently profiled the well-known Bard Prison Initiative in five New York state penitentiaries.  157 Prisoners have earned B.A. degrees over the past six years, with some going beyond that.  Does it please more people than infuriates?  It has … Continue reading

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