Melyssa Boisnote

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Break the Cycle of Mass Incarceration

When politicians want to show their constituents that they're concerned about their safety and well-being, they'll say that they're "tough on crime." It's an easy enough position to take. Nobody likes crime. Everyone wants to live in safety.<p>But the reality behind the rhetoric is a system of mass …

America Is The Only Country Where A Child Can Be Sentenced To Life Behind Bars

The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles -- individuals younger than 18 years old -- to life in prison without parole. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute argued in front of the Inter-American Commission …

Life Without Parole Is An Outrageous Sentence For Non-Violent Criminals

His punishment is harsh because he is a recidivist in a state with mandatory tough sentences for habitual criminals. Under Louisiana's "four-strikes" law, his two previous convictions for stealing from cars and one juvenile conviction for robbery gave the judge no choice but to throw away the …

Why Innocent People Plead Guilty

The criminal justice system in the United States today bears little relationship to what the Founding Fathers contemplated, what the movies and …

Americans overwhelmingly agree it’s time to end mandatory minimum sentencing

Mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses, particularly drug crimes, have been a leading factor in the nation's skyrocketing prison populations over the past several decades. Given the high annual costs of incarcerating non-violent offenders, momentum has been building at the federal …

Prison lights-out policy could worsen mental health crisis, campaigners say

Plans to impose a strict 10.30pm lights out policy in prisons could worsen the mental health crisis in Britain's jails as vulnerable young inmates are forced into darkness, campaigners have claimed.<p>Frances Crook, the chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, warned of the "terrifying" …

Jail Officials Blame Sandra Bland’s Death On Family’s Failure To Post Bond

1. Barack Gives Daughter Malia a Kiss<p>Source:Getty 1 of 44<p>2. Michelle and Barack tell the kids a story<p>Source:Getty 2 of 44<p>3. Michelle and Barack …

Indonesia’s looming executions add to a growing death penalty toll in Asia

In a matter of days, 11 convicted criminals in Indonesia are to be shot dead by a firing squad. The group, mostly convicted of drug trafficking, includes Indonesians as well as Frenchmen, Brazilians, and two Australian citizens whose families and government have been heavily lobbying Jakarta to …

More VA employees said they were told to falsify data

Roughly half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it took patients to be seen by a doctor after making an appointment, new details from an internal VA audit show.<p>Schedulers said supervisors …

Crime at the Top 100 Colleges in the U.S.

Every year, parents send their kids off to college with the expectation that they will be receiving their education in a safe environment. However, the reality is that college can be a dangerous place for students. Beyond sex, drugs and alcohol, campus crime is a serious issue even at the top …

Gun Violence, Welcome To The Family. Time To Meet Your Siblings

Written by Dr. Arthur Kamm (Emphasis mine)<p>With two separate human rights committees declaring this year that rampant gun violence in the United …

Brazil and South Africa Are Addicted to Gun Violence

Brazil and South Africa have dramatically expanded their geopolitical influence over the past two decades. But after years of democratic and economic gains, the two countries now find themselves in the doldrums. One of the reasons for this is that they are addicted to violence. Brazil and South …

These charts show just how bad gun violence is in the US, compared to developed peers

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McKeesport middle school students get taste of crime-scene investigations

McKeesport Area eighth-graders are applying their classroom skills to the science of crime-scene investigation.<p>Students in Founders' Hall Middle …

How Gangs Took Over Prisons

Originally formed for self-protection, prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars—and of crime on the streets.<p>On a clear morning this past February, the inmates in the B Yard of Pelican Bay State Prison filed out of their cellblock a few at a time and let a cool, salty …

Police officer jailed for sexual assault on two domestic violence victims

A police detective who sexually assaulted two victims of domestic violence has been jailed for three years.<p>Jeffrey Davies, a family liaison officer with South Wales police, pushed one woman against a wall and forced her hand on to his groin as she left a police interview after giving a statement. …

Lostprophets' Ian Watkins guilty of child sex offences

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins accepted he was a 'determined and committed paedophile'<p><b>Ian Watkins, singer of Welsh rock band Lostprophets, has pleaded guilty to a series of "depraved" child sex offences including attempted rape of a baby.</b><p>He had previously "furiously denied" the allegations.<p>The …

Child-on-child abuse shocking, children's commissioner report says

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1031000/1031407_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524641092_b1302d8750141e6a2b30c266e1083a35<p><b>"Shocking" sexual violence is being carried out by children against other children as young as 11, according to an official report.</b><p>The Office of the …

Mikaeel Kular: Boy's mother arrested and charged over death

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1045000/1045391_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524688324_e38fb49de8941d64393d31accb90a600<p><b>The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has been charged in connection with the death of her son after his body was found in Fife.</b><p>Rosdeep Kular, 33, …

Former chair of Paedophile Information Exchange claims he hid material in 'locked cabinets' at the Home Office

Steven Adrian Smith, who was jailed in 2011 for possessing indecent images of children, was an electrical contractor at the Home Office for four years in the 1970s and 1980s<p>A convicted sex offender and former leader of a pro-paedophile campaign group has claimed he stored material at the Home …

Woman accused of attempting to smuggle cash in underwear to Syria fighters

<b>Two women have gone on trial accused of arranging to smuggle cash to fighters in Syria after one was allegedly found with 20,000 euros in her underwear.</b><p>Nawal Msaad, 27, from north London and Amal El-Wahabi, 27, from north-west London are appearing at the Old Bailey.<p>Ms Msaad was stopped at Heathrow …

The UK's Teenage Moped Gangs Have a New Subculture

Hanging out with members of the British "Bikelife" scene in North London.<p>“Bikelife” is a very American phenomenon. Brought to the internet’s attention via the documentary <i>12 O’Clock in Baltimore</i>, it basically involves young men in places like Harlem and Philadelphia ragging quad bikes and dirt …

Surf's Up! Awesome Big Wave Photos

Surf's (Way) Up<p>Dungeons, South Africa's famous big-wave spot, awakened in August, sending daredevil surfers out to try their luck. See photos of …

Cheddar and Horseradish Spread

8 Servings<p>This spread is cheesy, tangy, and a little spicy. Serve with plenty of crackers.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 cups grated cheddar<p>⅓ cup dry white wine<p>⅓ cup sour cream<p>3 tablespoons drained prepared horseradish<p>½ teaspoon hot paprika plus more for serving<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black …