Why Do We Criminalize Young Victims of Sex Trafficking?

A California law effective this month bars prosecutors from charging minors with prostitution. But the practice of bringing juveniles who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation into court happens more often than we would expect in many parts of the country.

Addiction and the Next Attorney General

The nation’s devastating opioid ftepidemic should be high on the list of topics raised at the confirmation hearings for AG-designate Jeff Sessions. Here’s how Sessions could rise to the challenge.

Defining Multinational Corporate Crime Down

Multinational corporations have so far been able to escape penalties for human rights and environmental violations. There are alternatives to criminal sanctions worth considering –but will the new leadership at the Department of Justice consider them?

Why Cracking Down on Sex Sites Won’t Stop Traffickers

California’s suit against the owners of Backpage.com is the latest example of attempts to go after sites that provide cover for sex traffickers. But eliminating them from the Web will make it more difficult for authorities to track exploiters of women and minors.

Promoting LGBTI Tolerance in Prison: The Hardest Challenge

For gays and other LBGTI inmates, prison authorities are the most important allies. In one Washington State facility, zero-tolerance policies towards harassment are making significant inroads against the culture of “hyper-masculinity” behind bars.

Let’s Listen to Cops—If We Want Real Policing Reform

There’s a troubling gap between what senior police managers and outside reformers want law enforcement to become, and what most ordinary cops see as threatening to their livelihoods and safety. Here are some ways to bridge the gap—and restore trust and transparency.

Why Defendants Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Represent Themselves

Accused Charleston mass murderer Dylann Roof’s request to act as his own lawyer—now limited to the sentencing phase—raises some hard questions about whether true justice can be achieved without competent, effective representation.

Memo to Trump: Add Drug Courts to Your Anti-Crime Strategy

During the last campaign, Donald Trump promised to address drug addiction by expanding access to treatment and providing incentives for states to use drug courts and mandatory treatment programs. That’s one election promise he should fulfill.