September 19, 2016
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According to recent stats, crime went up last year in most states in most categories, including homicides, robberies, car thefts, hate crimes against Muslims, and assaults against police officers. The news has featured the growing number of mass murders around America – some due to revenge, others due to severe mental illness or the acts of terrorists.
The media plays up the drama of police arrests and convictions, and once a defendant or victim is well-known, their story is what is featured in the news. Likewise, the protests that erupt over especially egregious police actions receive a lot of media attention, particularly when these protests might turn violent.
Since writing AMERICAN JUSTICE?, inspired by my wife’s nightmarish experience with a punitive criminal justice system and a possible 16-year prison sentence, if she didn’t accept a plea for us to move and pay some legal costs, I have been looking at new developments in the prisons.