Reform Rather Than Punishment Is Needed To Reduce Violence In Chicago

Introduction Violence in Chicago is often attributed by outsiders to the idea that black residents harbor hatred for one another and do not respect their communities. Although this holds true to some extent and in some instances, it misses the broader issue of poverty, unemployment, and lack of good education in the communities where crime […]

Unusual Cruelty: The Arbitrary Death Sentence

Ray Jasper, a death row inmate, did not commit murder.  The person who did commit the murder was not sentenced to death.  Jasper describes this seeming injustice in a recent letter to Gawker “Under the Texas law of parties, they say it doesn’t matter whether I killed the victim or not, I’m criminally responsible for […]