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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

How School Drug Policies Hurt the Disabled and the Depressed

Students regularly taunt a disabled peer. Without any family at school to console her, she cries in the bathroom during lunch every day and seeks an escape from it all.  A security guard eventually catches her rolling a joint in

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Posted in Disability, Education, Juvenile 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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Posted in Criminal Justice, Education, Juvenile Justice, Peace

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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Posted in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice

The Prevalence of Corporal Punishment in US Schools

This article was originally posted at thenation.com. If you thought that corporal punishment was a relic of our educational system’s distant past, think again. Some nineteen states, clinging tightly to the Supreme Court’s 1977 ruling in Ingraham v. Wright, still allow corporal

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Posted in Disability, Education, Juvenile Justice

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