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Showing 5 posts filed under: Policy [–], Region: North America and Caribbean [–] published between May 01, 2012 and May 31, 2012 [Show all]

Crime and entertainment at Franklin High

from the article by Rick Holmes in MetroWest Daily News:

When outrage-inducing incidents become media sensations, the authorities respond with the tools they have available. Educators point to politically popular “zero tolerance” policies. 

....Police charge the thugs with whatever laws they can find — even unlawful wire tapping — and set the wheels of justice turning. There will be lawyers and hearings and plea bargains, fines and probably time behind bars.

May 23, 2012 , , , , ,

Smart on crime: Why reforming criminal justice is now a Conservative issue

from the article in The Economist:

....It is not only in Britain that criminal-justice reform has become a right-wing issue. The Right on Crime initiative, a creation of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a think-tank, counts leading Republicans such as Newt Gingrich and Jeb Bush among the fans of its campaign to divert more offenders from prisons to non-custodial sentences. Half of all American states voted to reduce the use of custody last year.

There is plenty of room for relaxation in punitive America, which locks up almost one in 100 people (England and Wales put away fewer than one in 500). But similar forces are at work in both places. Fiscal pressure is mounting. Overall crime rates are falling. And stubborn reoffending rates suggest that some things are not working.

Prisons are one of them. 

May 21, 2012 , , , , ,

First Nations Court opens in North Vancouver

from the article by Todd Coyne in the North Shore Outlook:

The judge is out of her usual judging clothes and the court sheriff wears no gun.

It’s not immediately apparent — not at first — if these are just oversights, but when Judge Joanne Challenger turns from the convicted man to the packed public gallery and asks for any suggestions on sentencing and the hands go up, it becomes clear: First Nations Court is different.

May 16, 2012 , , , , , ,

Angel Ruelas pleads guilty to murder of Pacific Grove teen

from the story by Virginia Hennessey for the Mercury News:

The brother of murder victim Kristopher Eric Olinger and the man who unexpectedly admitted killing the Monterey High School student hope to find some peace as part of the "restorative justice" program.

Angel Ruelas' plea Tuesday was a stunning development that came nearly 15 years after Olinger's horrific murder, six years after the defendant's arrest and moments before a pool of prospective jurors were brought into the courtroom for trial.

May 14, 2012 , , ,

Growing past hate: 'Restorative justice' helps heal pain from teens' vandalism

from the article by Fred Van Liew in the DesMoines Register:

In March of 1994 members of the Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines awoke to find neo-Nazi graffiti scrawled on the side of their synagogue. There were no immediate suspects, but there was anguish, anger and outrage.

May 09, 2012 , , , , ,

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