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November 16, 2016

Is Grief a Disease?

Research shows that grief is an individualized experience with no specific formula or time frame.

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June 27, 2016

Supreme Court: Domestic Abusers can be Banned from Owning Firearms

In a 6-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court decided last month that the federal Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban applies to those convicted under state law of misdemeanor domestic abuse, including “reckless” behavior.

Read more (The Washington Post) »
June 24, 2016

Who Blames the Victim?

Studies have shown that the more strongly you privilege loyalty, obedience and purity — as opposed to values such as care and fairness — the more likely you are to blame the victim.

Read more (The New York Times) »
June 06, 2016

Stanford Sexual Assault Case: Victim Impact Statement

A sexual assault victim has written an unflinching account of the crime and its aftermath in a 7,000 word statement that she delivered in court. Since being released by the district attorney’s office, it has been viewed more than four million times.

Read more (The Guardian) »
April 23, 2016

After 33 Years in Prison for Crimes He Didn't Commit, Keith Harward Adjusts to Freedom, Family, Technology

Keith Harward was charged with capital murder, and the state sought the death penalty for the horrific crimes. Instead, he was sentenced to life by the jury. After 33 years in prison, he was found innocent.

Read more (Richmond Times-Dispatch) »
April 22, 2016

Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to Felons

Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia used his executive power to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons.

Read more (The New York Times) »
April 15, 2016

This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison

It's a bakery in Alexandria, Va., that makes granola, cookies and kale chips for local eateries and a local Whole Foods store. It's also a job-training and coaching program for women who need a second chance — many of whom have served time in prison, or are on probation following criminal charges.

Read more (The Salt) »
April 05, 2016

Jurors Need to Take the Law into Their Own Hands

This article discusses the issue that jurors should send a strong message to police and prosecutors that black lives matter and seek equal justice under the law.

Read more (The Washington Post) »
February 07, 2016

Brian Moran: Gun Deal is a Historic Advance

New law moves Virginia closer to closing the “gun-show loophole” by significantly expanding access to background checks at gun shows. It also takes guns out of the hands of domestic abusers in Virginia.

Read more (The Washington Post) »
November 06, 2015

Connecticut's Governor Wants to Try 19- and 20-Year-Olds as Minors

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to raise the maximum age for the juvenile justice system to 20, up from 17.

Read more (Vox) »
October 30, 2015

In Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War on Drugs

When the nation’s long-running war against drugs was defined by the crack epidemic and based in poor, predominantly black urban areas, the public response was defined by zero tolerance and stiff prison sentences. But today’s heroin crisis is different.

Read more (The New York Times) »