Our Prison System Is Broken and We Need to Fix It

One of the greatest novelists of the 19th century, Fyodor Dostoevsky, famously said that societies can be judged by the way prison populations are treated. This assertion begins to make sense when considering the prison systems of countries such as Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, where the humane treatment of inmates is often lauded by United Nations agencies and religious organizations.… [Read more]

Senate arrives at bipartisan gun background check agreement

Yesterday, after much intense debate, the Senate struck a deal to expanding background checks for gun buyers. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), both of whom are strong traditional allies of the National Rifle Association, revealed a compromise to close the gun show loophole.

According to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:

“Unfortunately, current federal law requires criminal background checks only for guns sold through licensed firearm dealers, which account for just 60% of all gun sales in the United States.[Read more]

Joe Arpaio: Pretty in Pink

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, is the focus of a federal investigation for a pattern of abuse against Latinos, especially immigrants. No offense to the sane and rational who live there, but just what is it¬†about the desert heat that breeds his kind? <*That heat is a bitch!*>… [Read more]