Poverty/Justice

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For-Profit Prisons Are the Biggest Lobby No One Talks About

With the growing influence of the prison lobby, the nation is, in effect, commoditizing human bodies for an industry in militant pursuit of profit. That's the view presented by New York freelance writer Michael Cohen in an article published in The Washingto...
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Busting Three Big Myths About Homelessness

As a young psychologist in the 1980s who had researched treatment of the mentally ill, I was concerned by many reports suggesting that the growing number of homeless people may be due to deinstitutionalization.   Opinion Paul Toro ...
Prisoner hands gripping jail cell bars

Police Lineups Are Flawed. Can They Be Fixed?

Police lineups are a staple element of crime shows on TV and in the movies. An eyewitness, behind one-way glass, pointing out a criminal suspect among a group of four or five decoys standing along a wall at pol...

Accountability a Must in Stephon Clark Shooting: Walters

In his Thursday, April 5, CALmatters column, Dan Walters takes on one of the most controversial issues in California news: the shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark by police in Sacramento. Walters makes his position immediately clear, writing that, “...
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