David J. Krajicek

6 Times Atrocious Crimes (Mostly Against White People) Produced Disastrous Laws

Scant attention was paid to Jacob Wetterling’s criminal justice legacy at a recent hometown memorial service for the Minnesota adolescent who became an iconic American crime victim after he disappeared in the clutches of a masked kidnapper 27 years ago.

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What You Won't Hear at the GOP Convention: Crime Was Far More Prevalent Under Reagan Than Obama

A dangerous, dystopian America has become the Trump campaign’s happy place.

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What's the Best Way to Weed Out Potential Killer Cops?

Can data-analysis innovations help identify bad-seed cops before they act out?

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Aaron Johnson's Story as a Lifer in Alabama Prison Is Exhibit A in Why We Need to Change America's Prison Nightmare

Editor's Note: After three hung-jury mistrials, Aaron Lamont Johnson was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole for an Alabama crack-related homicide. Now 41, he has been locked up for 21 years. A paralegal, he fights for sentence relief. If he fails and survives to age 72, he could spend 50 years behind bars. As the country reconsiders mass incarceration, lifers like Johnson who were sentenced under highly politicized laws are neglected leftovers. AlterNet’s David J. Krajicek takes a look at a compelling question that arises from American justice: How much punishment is enough? This story was published in partnership with the Crime Report.

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7 Toxic Assaults on Communities of Color Besides Flint: The Dirty Racial Politics of Pollution

Don’t try to tell Dr. Robert D. Bullard that the noxious water disaster in Flint, Mich., is anything but business as usual in the United States.

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The Phantom Waistband Maneuver: When Police Shoot Unarmed Black Men

At nearly midnight on Thanksgiving Day 1976, a group of curious black teenage boys ambled up to two white New York cops who’d been called to a Brooklyn housing project on a report of an armed prowler. One of the boys, Randolph Evans, 15, asked Officer Robert Torsney whether his building there at the Cyprus Houses in East New York would be searched.

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Cop 'Roid Rage: Are Steroids Behind the Worst Police Abuses?

In 2004, the growing menace of steroid abuse by American police officers prompted the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to warn of the “possible psychological disturbances” of juiced-up cops.

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Mass Incarceration: The Most Important Political Issue of 2016 No One Wants to Talk About

Five years ago, while America clutched a tin cup during the recession, politicians shouted hallelujah about saving money by reducing the country’s grossly bloated prison population.

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The Deadly Bi-Partisan Agreement That Brought Us Mass Incarceration with 2.5 Million Behind Bars

Over the past four decades, Democrats and Republicans have agreed on almost nothing beyond their ménage à trois love affair with Wall Street. One notable exception was the bipartisan fervor for crime policy “reform” that could be condensed into a campaign-ad bromide: lock ‘em up and throw away the key.

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If You Run, You're Done: Why Cops Go Berserk When People Run From Them

Najee Rivera admits he panicked on the night two white Philadelphia cops pulled over his motor scooter in El Centro de Oro, a Latino ghetto in the city’s Fairhill section.

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