Vatican Condemns the Death Penalty As Never Justified

By Christopher Zoukis Pope Francis has approved a restatement of Roman Catholic doctrine so that it now unconditionally declares capital punishment morally wrong in all cases. This marks a significant change in the church’s beliefs and, coupled with the announced intention to work “with determination” for abolition of the death penalty, could influence the political […]

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OSHA Slams FCI Miami for Violating Federal Occupational Standards

By Christopher Zoukis The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the nation’s main workplace safety enforcer, has cited the Federal Correctional Institution in Miami, Florida for a variety of unsafe or unhealthy practices violating federal occupational standards. On June 5 this year, FCI Miami – which houses 1,325 male inmates — was formally notified that […]

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Influx of Immigration Detainees Swamps Federal Prisons

By Christopher Zoukis The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration crackdown announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, calls for referring for criminal prosecution all persons detained for illegal entry into this country. One highly controversial aspect of the new policy was that it meant separating minor children, who aren’t being charged with crimes, from their […]

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Change in Criminal Law Contributes to Rise in California Crime

By Christopher Zoukis In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, a ballot initiative which reduced criminal sentences for many comparatively minor drug or property offenses. Proposition 47 was part of a broad-scale revision of California’s criminal law system, which started in 2011 with public safety realignment, the state’s response to a federal court order […]

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