James Watkins

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Are More Criminal Justice Reforms on the Horizon in 2015?

2014 was a year, as many are, of modest steps forward and a few steps back in criminal justice reform. But the national focus on flaws in our criminal justice system could lead to stronger reforms in 2015.<p>The year proved to be a victory for those advocating for changes in drug laws. In November, …

Search Warrants Against WikiLeaks Staff: Justice Department, Google & US Media Silence Threaten Press Freedom - Shadowproof

CommunityFDL Main BlogThe Dissenter<p>25 Jan 2015<p>The United States government served search warrants on Google in March 2012 and demanded that the …

The Supreme Court Is Likely To Set Up The Same-Sex Marriage Showdown On Friday

A guide.<p>This will be the second time the justices have considered whether to take any of the cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and/or Tennessee. When they did so on Jan. 9, they took no action on those cases, instead re-listing them for discussion on Friday.<p>This is a new practice by the court …

I’m Glad Obama Skipped Paris

He doesn’t really believe in protecting speech critical of Islam.<p>Unlike many conservatives, I was not outraged when President Obama directed the …

11 Public Figures Share Their Inspiring Thoughts On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It has been over 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King descended on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to give his memorable “I Have A Dream” speech -- and still, the Civil Rights leader’s influential words of encouragement and promise still resonate with some of today’s activists and reflect …

What Martin Luther King Jr. Was Like as a Child

First, he was named Michael. Though Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed in the United States on Jan. 19 this year, it was on Jan. 15, 1929, …

Bill Cosby CNN Fires Back

<b>CNN</b> has fired back at <b>Bill Cosby</b>'s lawyer ... defending it's decision NOT to include accuser <b>Beverly Johnson</b>'s live-in boyfriend as part of a network …

Criminal Records Could Be Having A Huge Impact On Labor-Force Participation

JP Morgan's David Kelly has a post on the five reasons he thinks the LFPR is declining.<p>"While some of this decline may be cyclical, we believe most of it is structural," Kelly writes. "In particular, the aging of the baby boomers, a rise in the number of Americans receiving disability benefits, and …

At least 10 dead after Texas prison bus collides with train

At least 10 people were killed Wednesday when a bus carrying state prisoners skidded off an icy highway overpass in West Texas, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing train, a county sheriff said.<p>Details of the crash were not immediately clear. Emergency crews in the West Texas town of …

Two Plays Take On Criminal Justice Pitfalls at American Century Theater

With its double feature <i>Crime and Punishment in America</i>, the American Century Theater presents two one-act plays that explore extreme cynicism about …