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The Fight for Homeless Homesteading

Municipal governments across the country are targeting vagrants for “misusing” public property. A couple of months ago, the City of Denver, Colorado, cracked down on “Resurrection Village,” a homeless community built on public land. A month earlier, the City Council of

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The Restoration of African Americans’ Stolen Property

Every so often, the call for African-American reparations re-emerges in full force. The Atlantic author Ta-Nehisi Coates is perhaps the most prominent pundit to issue the call in recent years, pointing to America’s shameful history of slavery and segregation as

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Posted in Criminal Justice

Violence at Spring Valley High School

I invite people to listen to the attached recording in which I share several of my thoughts regarding the recent attack at Spring Valley High School. Spring Valley High School

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Posted in Criminal Justice, Education, Juvenile Justice, Peace

Forgiveness Frenzy: The Rhetoric and Rush for a New South Africa

This is part of a longer piece about amnesty for political criminals in post-apartheid South Africa.  In this selection, I discuss South Africa’s death penalty repeal and the amnesty deal struck between the pro-apartheid National Party and the anti-apartheid ANC.  When the ANC and National Party

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Posted in Criminal Justice

The Creation of ‘Black Crime’

The laziest pundits in this country would have us believe that there are two types of crime: crime and black crime. Odious media outlets’ coverage of the recent “knockout” phenomenon is evidence of this faulty distinction’s widespread promulgation. Reporters have started covering

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Posted in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, The Media

Yellow Card Warnings and Iraqi War Crimes

This piece was originally posted at goodmenproject.com. On the first day of first grade, my teacher introduced the class to the “guidelines” we would be expected to follow. We were told that minor transgressions would result in “yellow card” warnings

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Stop Locking Up Non-Violent Juvenile Offenders

This piece was originally posted at thenation.com. Anyone who has ever spent time in a high school knows that students and teachers are no strangers to crime and rule-breaking.  At my large public high school, expensive items like iPhones routinely

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