Justice System

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The Gun Violence Threat That No One Is Talking About — And Why Women Should Be Concerned

Women’s health issues are in the news a lot lately, and for good reason: across the nation, conservative lawmakers are targeting women’s reproductive rights and access to basic health care services like contraceptive counseling and family planning. Attacks on women’s health and rights have been particularly aggressive in recent months, with Congressional Republicans nearly shutting … Continue reading

For-Profit Prison In Florida Accused Of Human Rights Abuses Against Juveniles

A for-profit British private security firm whose human rights abuses have been documented around the world, from Israel to South Africa to the United Kingdom, stands accused by a grand jury of operating a horrific juvenile detention center in Florida where conditions are so poor, and hygiene so bad, that the prison “should cease to … Continue reading

10 Facts You Need To Know About Sexual Assault

April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time devoted to increasing awareness of the pressing problem of sexual assault and educating people about how to prevent it. Strikingly, U.S. statistics reveal that one sexual assault occurs every two minutes. Think about that – in about the time that it takes you to … Continue reading

5 Harmful Myths About Sexual Assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time devoted to raising awareness and educating people on how to prevent sexual assault. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions about sexual assault in our society – most of which blame the victim/survivor. Myths prevent survivors from getting the help they need, and rarely hold the perpetrator … Continue reading

Pharmacists’ Association Tells Members: Don’t Participate In Executions

The largest pharmacist association in the country has voted to discourage its members from participating in executions. The move could make executions harder for states such as Texas that have turned to questionable compounding pharmacies for made-to-order drugs after big pharmaceutical companies — under pressure from death penalty opponents — decided to stop selling their … Continue reading

False Confessions: New Research Shows People Can Be Convinced They Committed A Crime That Never Happened

Evidence from some wrongful-conviction cases suggests that suspects can be questioned in ways that lead them to falsely believe in and confess to committing crimes they didn’t actually commit. New research provides lab-based evidence for this phenomenon, showing that innocent adult participants can be convinced, over the course of a few hours, that they had … Continue reading

First Scientific Report Suggests Body-Cameras Can Prevent Excessive Use Of Force By Police

As President Obama pledges investment in body-worn-camera technology for police officers in the midst of nationwide protests against police violence, researchers say cameras induce ‘self-awareness’ that can prevent unacceptable uses-of-force seen to have tragic consequences in the U.S. over the past year — from New York to Ferguson — but warn that cameras have implications … Continue reading

This Week In Reproductive Health And Rights

The start of August has been a busy time for the reproductive rights community as several ongoing legal battles take center stage and abortion clinics in multiple states fight to keep their doors open. Meanwhile, a group of congressional democrats has launched a bold campaign to overturn the nation’s long-standing ban on insurance coverage for … Continue reading

Reducing Incarceration Doesn’t Increase Crime, New Study Finds

The states making strides with sentencing reforms haven’t just seen their prison populations drop at a faster rate than the rest of the country — they have also seen a disproportionate crime drop, an analysis released Wednesday by the advocacy group The Sentencing Project found. The report points to New York, New Jersey and California … Continue reading

More Than Half Of The People Executed In The U.S. Have A Severe Mental Illness, New Study Finds

In a new study, researchers found that more than half of the executed inmates examined for the analysis had “a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or psychosis.” But while it is unconstitutional to execute offenders with intellectual disabilities, inmates suffering from mental disorders are not protected by the law. The U.S. … Continue reading

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