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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, …

Oklahoma and Florida carry out lethal injection executions

Execution of Charles Warner first in Oklahoma since controversy over botched injection which killed Clayton Lockett<p>Two convicted killers have been executed by lethal injection after the US Supreme Court refused to intervene.<p>The execution of Oklahoma Charles Warner, a convicted rapist and murderer, …

Stolen Guns Data Reveals Background Checks = Security Theater

If you own a gun and it gets stolen, chances are you won’t get it back. That’s the not entirely surprising conclusion from a stolen gun study in The …

Welcome to Murderville, USA: Shocking map shows you're more likely to be murdered, raped or robbed in ALASKA than any other state in the nation

The latest national crime statistics show there's more to fear than just bears in Alaska.<p>The Land of the Midnight Sun tops the country as the state …

If We Don't Kick Racism Out of Criminal Justice Now, Then When?

<i>by Yolande Cadore</i><p>The failure of the U.S. criminal justice system to protect nonwhite people is at an all-time high. The opportunity to correct course is now. The recent killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Renisha McBride and other black men and women -- most at the …

Six positive developments for the criminal justice system in 2014

There’s no question the American criminal justice system is in terrible shape, and the problems plaguing it are exacerbated as time goes by. In 2014, the US still imprisons more people than any other country, incarcerating black men at disproportionately high rates. Police killings in Ferguson and …

Shock and outrage as mother kills children

The New Year in Switzerland began with a chilling tragedy as reports emerged that a young mother had killed her two children, aged two and five, …

9-Year-Old Arrested After He Allegedly Steals a Pack of Gum

A 9-year-old boy was arrested for a crime that would land most children his age in a time-out.<p>The child from Post Falls, Idaho, is being held in a …

Canada mass killer had criminal record dating back to 1987

A man with a lengthy criminal record killed six adults and two young children before taking his own life in the Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta, in what police said was the city’s worst mass murder.<p>Edmonton police chief, Rod Knecht, told a news conference there was no suggestion of gang …

Feds: Pair illegally dealt more than 1.6 million pain pills (UPDATE 2) - Narco Confidential

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Mother of murder victim says son would still be alive if police had investigated properly

Teenage killer Lewis Daynes is sentenced to life for the sexually motivated murder of Breck Bednar, as it emerges he was previously arrested for raping a 15-year-old boy<p>The mother of a 14-year-old boy murdered by a “sadistic” teenage computer gamer has said the police could have prevented the …

‘It was like living in a horror movie’

Brave Samantha Miller, 35, has waived her anonymity to describe the “horror” of the repeated sexual attacks and domestic violence by then partner …

Husband 'used GPS app to catch his wife cheating then killed man in front of their children'

Court hears Oktay Kilic, 40, used a mobile app called Find a Friend before finding his wife having sex inside a car with another man<p>A "possessive and controlling" husband tracked his wife's movements with an app before finding her with another man - who he then killed with a kitchen knife in front …

Family Court Chief Justice calls for rethink on how High Court handles cases involving transgender children

Family Court Chief Justice Diana Bryant says she would like to see the court's jurisdiction tested in cases involving medical treatment for …