FROM Cyn Yamashiro
Was the Judge Lenient in Sentencing Long Beach Teens? When nine black teenagers were convicted of the Halloween beating of three white women in Long Beach, there was delight on one side and outrage on the other. As the when teens were sentenced, the outrage and delight were reversed. Today, the last teen was sentenced and, like eight others before her, she was put on probation and ordered to serve 250 hours of community service. Unlike the others, she was not placed on 60 days of house arrest. What other options were available to the judge under juvenile law designed to rehabilitate rather than punish? Has justice been done? Is the juvenile system doing its job? We hear from journalists and experts in juvenile law, including the attorney representing the victims and their families.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?