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Here’s a startling statistic: someone dies of a drug overdose every 12 minutes in the United States. An addiction to a prescription drug such as like Vicodin, OxyContin, or Percocet can lead to heroin abuse or the possession of a controlled substance—and the increasing number of deaths and injuries this causes is alarming. So much […]

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It seems like technology is everywhere we turn. Sometimes this is a good thing, and other times it can have serious negative effects. There is secret code in our criminal justice system. But courts are refusing to publish the source code for forensic software, making it impossible for third parties to inspect—even when that code […]

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Citizens in Louisiana couldn’t believe there was still a debtor’s prison in the U.S. They were abolished almost 200 years ago. As the name implies, those without money who failed to pay their debts were sent to prison. This was, in effect, still happening in New Orleans where the court system funded itself through an […]

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Although violent crime has been an issue in the city of Newburgh, New York for some time, a number of initiatives and additional funding have helped the Newburgh police department reduce crime through mid-year 2015. The city of Newburgh, New York has had an issue with violent crime for some time. In partnership with various […]

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Juvenile offenders in our country have had their own criminal justice system for more than 100 years. Since that time, 18 years of age has been the threshold for moving a person from that system to the adult system. Of course, we read of unique circumstances in which a child under age 18 is tried as an adult, but 18 ...

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The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, somewhere in the ballpark of 1% of the population. The number of Americans in prison has also grown enormously over the past several decades from roughly 500,000 in the 1970’s to almost 2.5 million today. The costs to deal with this large prison population are staggering and approach $100 ...

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Fake IDs can seem attractive to some students heading back to college. The short term desire to purchase alcoholic drinks for a weekend party prior to the legal age may be tempting. However, there are very real risks associated with acquiring and using a fake ID; not just in being caught by authorities using it, but also in having your ...

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