Charlottesville Aftermath: When Does Hate Become Criminal?

image of fist with H A T E tatooed on fingers with police banner Hate Crime Do Not Cross shown over. caption reads, At what point does hate become a crime? When the leadership fails to take a definitive stance to oppose hatred.

Opinion by C J Oakes For those who have been in hiding the last few days, hate is making headlines in the United States perhaps more than ever before in our history. The news includes North Korea planning a possible Read More …

All in All it’s Just a Wall…A Crafty Solution for President Nieto

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is faced with a decision. Cow to President Donald J. Trumps trumped up idea to make Mexico pay for his promised border wall or fight back. Trump laid down a gauntlet recently by telling President Nieto Read More …

Criminal Justice Reform…Yada, Yada, Yada Louisiana

black and white Image of Louisiana behind bars caption reads, Louisiana leads the world in incarceration rates per capita, but in June 2017 the state passed legislation to change that. Will it?

It seems that every state is jumping on the old proverbial bandwagon to reform their criminal justice system. Texas started doing so more than a decade ago and is saving millions. Other states in the South such as Mississippi, Alabama, Read More …

Is There Really Discrimination in Criminal Justice and Law?

Slate.com compared black to white prison sentencing. This chart shows the disparity that exists.

A recent article by Bill Quigley, a Loyola University Law Professor, caught my attention. The issue of racial disparities in the Criminal Justice system is a key topic of which I often write. The reason for this is because most Read More …

Well…If this Ain’t a Kick in the Pants: Smart On Crime

Smart On Crime vs. Tough on Crime The Drug War as we know it has been raging for over 40 years…nearly as long as I have been alive. I still remember wondering as a child, why any society would lock Read More …