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There's a Very Different Way to Approach Justice in America

Judge Leo Sorokin, 56, has spent his professional life working in the criminal justice system. A graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School, Sorokin served as an assistant attorney general, a federal public defender, and a magistrate judge. In 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Sorokin to the federal district court in Boston; he was confirmed by the Senate in 2014.

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First Director Inside Violent Juvenile Detention Facility Exposes Horrific Ways America Punishes Adolescents

Should kids be tried as adults? The United States criminal justice system thinks so. A looming question in criminal justice reform, the court's defense is the specific circumstances of the crime. 

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Employees With Criminal Records May Be Better Workers: Study

“Do the crime, do the time,” the old aphorism states. Even as pithy, reductive phrases go, it’s a particularly inept and oversimplified descriptor that ignores the racial, class and socioeconomic factors that contribute to sentencing disparities and overly punitive policies in our system of criminal injustice. It also belies the fact that long after many people with convictions have paid their “debt to society” (another misguided expression), they often continue to pay dearly in ways that make it nearly impossible to rebuild their lives. At a time when the United States jails more of its citizens, by number and percentage, than any other country in the world, the obstacles that stand in the way of successful reintegration to society desperately need to be reexamined.

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Three Officials Charged in Connection to Flint Water Crisis (Video)

The investigation into why Flint’s water stayed contaminated for so long has led Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to file charges against two officials from the Department of Environmental Quality and one official from the city of Flint.

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4 Tips for Talking About Drug Users - They're People, Not 'Addicts,' 'Criminals,' 'Inmates,' and 'Convicts'

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering other issues.

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5 Innocuous Activities That Can Get You Put in the Govt.'s Anti-Terrorism Database

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Five California men sued the Department of Justice, claiming they were entered into a counterterrorism database for innocent activities such as a professional photographer taking pictures, a computer consultant buying computers at Best Buy, and in one case, waiting for one's mother at a train station.

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Worldwide Protests Erupt Over the Racist, Failed War on Drugs

On June 26, people in over 100 cities in at least 46 countries will speak out against the war on drugs.

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Legalizing Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Crime - In Fact, It Might Reduce It

The facts are in: legalizing medical marijuana does not increase crime rates, according to historical crime statistics. The results of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas, Dallas, show that not only do crime rates not increase in states that legalize pot, the rates of certain crimes tend to drop. As the researchers concluded in the study, legalization “may be correlated with a reduction in homicide and assault rates” in some areas.

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Is There Hope for the Survivors of the Drug Wars?

Travis Jones got out of prison in 2007, but he talks about his time there like it ended yesterday. It surprised him, he says, the stuff he missed. He knew he’d long for his family, and his girlfriend, but it was the absence of everyday things that kept him from feeling human. “When you open your refrigerator and that cool air hits you? I missed it like crazy,” he says. “They cut the lights on you, and they flip the switch. Little things like that.”

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