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There’s at least one line every Marine knows: “Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.” The St. Louis County Police Department apparently never received that memo.

We can undo the policies facilitating police violence in Ferguson.

Military Police

How the excessive militarization of the police has turned cops into counterinsurgents.

Guatemalan children

Our fickle immigration system leaves many families stuck between violence in their home countries and an aggressive enforcement regime across the border.

Why the Children Fleeing Central America Will Not Stop Coming

At the root of the border crisis is a wave of violence that the United States helped to create.

Sex work protest

The so-called “Swedish model” banning the purchase but not the sale of sex is catching on in Europe. But does it work? And for whom?

Hobby Lobby Protest

The law, passed in 1993 with near-unanimous support, has become an excuse for bigotry, superstition and sectarianism.

Blogs

Texas is a case study in the disastrous consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision that invalidated a key section of the Voting Rights Act.

October 23, 2013

The SAFE Act would turn millions of undocumented immigrants into criminals overnight, a windfall for the private prison industry.

October 22, 2013

Will the Justice Department finally pursue criminal charges against the megabank for its long list of misdeeds?

October 21, 2013

Even blatantly racist cops are still only operatives in a larger racist system.

October 18, 2013

The former Pentagon lawyer will be dealing with cybersnooping, immigration and border security.

October 17, 2013

Two states want to create a two-tiered voting system reminiscent of the Jim Crow South.

October 15, 2013

Thanks to the $14 billion commercial bail industry, we have two criminal justice systems: one for the rich and one for the rest of us.

October 15, 2013

A new case of lax punishment of sexual assault has arisen in Maryville, Missouri, drawing comparisons to Steubenville.

October 15, 2013

Posner admits error in sustaining "a law now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than fraud prevention."

October 15, 2013

The House stood and applauded the shooting death of Miriam Carey, further perpetuating the idea that black women’s lives are not worth as much as others. 

October 8, 2013