- Showing 5 posts filed under: Correspondent:Lisa Rea [–] published between Aug 01, 2009 and Aug 31, 2009 [Show all]
Healing the victims of Lockerbie
by Lisa Rea
There is not a more high profile case than the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270 people when the jetliner blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland. The only convicted man, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, was released and returned to Libya on August 21 after serving eight years of a life sentence. Megrahi was released according to Scottish officials because he is terminally ill having only months to live. Scottish governmental official called the decision "compassionate release". But what about the victims? What do they think? Looking through the lenses of restorative justice, is this a fair decision or could more be done?
Victims of crime: Meeting with a killer
In 1986, Ellen Halbert was raped, stabbed, beaten with a hammer and left for dead in her home in Texas. During her recovery, she began to speak out about victims’ rights and what needed to change in our “offender-focused” criminal justice system. In 1991, she was appointed by Governor Ann Richards as the first victim to serve on the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, the board that oversees the massive adult criminal justice system in Texas....
Hundreds hurt in California prison riot: What's wrong with California?
by Lisa Rea
As a medium security prison in Chino, California erupts in violence over the weekend injuring 250 inmates and hospitalizing 55, you have to ask what's wrong with California's prison system? As the details of this prison riot become available we read that it appears to be gang related violence: African American prison gangs versus Latino prison gangs. This is not new in the state's prison system. But what California has been wrestling with, or not, is its every increasing prison population. A fact, that frankly, California public officials -- governors, past and present, and California legislators, refuse to grapple with in any reasonable and intelligent way.
Violent juveniles serving life without parole: When victims of crime disagree
By Lisa Rea
I would like to draw your attention to a very controversial piece of US federal legislation, HR 2289, which seeks to address the problem of juvenile lifers who are serving life sentences.
The expressed purpose of the bill is to "establish a meaningful opportunity for parole or similar release of juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison."
Harvard scholar versus Cambridge police
by Lisa Rea
Most of us have heard all about the police incident in Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of Harvard Square. A Harvard scholar by the name of Henry Louis Gates was arrested at his home after a neighbor called the police concerned someone was breaking into the house. This occurred at 12:30pm after Gates had just returned to his home from an international flight to China.