November 19, 2013 |
What's prison for, anyway? Is it to change people, to punish them, or simply to remove them from the streets? If the number of cells is finite - and it is - society had better figure out its reasons for selecting whom it locks up and how long it holds them. Unfortunately, states and the federal government have done a poor job of defining just what they want from their prisons. That sort of philosophical fumbling was brought home again with a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union that found 3,200 people in nine states serving sentences of life without parole for nonviolent crimes.
November 13, 2013 |
Scotland Yard on Wednesday reversed a coroner's finding of foul play in the 2010 death of British spy Gareth Williams, concluding that an accident was likely responsible for the death of the code-breaker whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag. London Metropolitan Police investigators had undertaken a review of evidence in the case 16 months ago, after initial restrictions on homicide detectives' access...
October 30, 2013 |
Attica Locke has been named the winner of the 2013 Ernest J. Gaines Award. The award for literary excellence is given to an emerging African American author and comes with a prize of $10,000. Locke , an L.A.-based writer, won the prize for her 2012 novel "The Cutting Season," which was published by Dennis Lehane's imprint. That and her debut, "Black Water Rising" (2009), are both literary thrillers that have hit bestseller lists as well as garnering critical acclaim. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and was an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist.
October 30, 2013
Re "Boy who killed neo-Nazi dad poses challenge," Oct. 26 Of course there's conflict and confusion about what to do with the Riverside County boy who killed his neo-Nazi father. The process has been flawed from the beginning. Only 10 years old when he acted, his lawyers say the boy had been abused by a father consumed with vitriolic hatred. Child Protective Services had contact with the boy or his family 23 times yet failed to intervene effectively. As a psychologist contracted by the boy's attorney's testified, "You could have predicted" the shooting.
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October 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom for a woman whose punishment for killing her pimp became a call to arms against the practice of locking up juveniles for life. Sara Kruzan, 35, was incarcerated at 16 after she killed the man she contended had groomed her since age 11 to work for him as a child prostitute. She was sentenced to life without parole for her crime, and her case became a high-profile example used by lawmakers and advocates for juvenile offenders seeking to soften such harsh sentences.
October 23, 2013 |
Hit the brakes! Former "Smash" actress Katharine McPhee has been caught locking lips with someone who appears to be former "Smash" director Michael Morris. In public and in daylight, no less. Photos obtained by TMZ definitely show something going on. And why is that a big deal? Well, McPhee and Morris are both married to other people -- though TMZ sources say McPhee, 29, and her husband have been separated for six months and are living apart. No word yet on Morris and wife Mary McCormack's relationship status.