Why We Have a High Prison Population

high prison populationWe always hear that our high prison populations tops most other countries in the world.  Here are some new ideas that explain this from an essay by Charles Lane at the Washington Post:  http://www.startribune.com/combating-crime-most-hopeful-reforms-bloom-at-grass-roots/420124693/ 

What you’ll find are unique ideas that are different from the usual stories in the media.  Let’s see what he said.

  1.  It is true

Does Selection of Justice Neil Gorsuch Matter?

In this heated political season, one theme that comes up every four years is the threat (on both sides) of who the new president will appoint to selection of supreme court justicesthe Supreme Court.  Now that the rancor has died down and Neil Gorsuch has been sworn in as a new Supreme Court justice, how much does it matter?  The politicians and …

What’s Become of the American Dream?

So many media outlets keep asking us: what’s become of the American dream?  They profile middle-Americans who have lost jobs or can’t getthe american dream home ownership as examples of the disappearance of the “the American dream.”  But is this true?  Has the American dream disappeared from our national resources?  I’ve been reading a lot about this idea and want …

My New Book—“The Inca Code” is Coming!

the inca codeAfter traveling to Ecuador, Peru, and Machu Picchu a while ago, I thought that would be the perfect place to set my new book, The Inca Code.  It’s the second in the Pete Chandler series.  Here’s what it’s about:  When investigator Pete gets a call for help from his old friend and colleague at the US Export/Import Bank …

There’s Still Hope for Justice in America

All the words, tweets, and bragging coming out of the White House about how tough the new administration will be on crime and criminals, have hope for justiceforgotten a simple but critical idea—where is justice in all these efforts?  There’s still hope for justice in America.  Recently, the New York Times writer, James Forman, Jr. wrote a great essay about …

Can President Trump Ignore the Supreme Court?

Recently, the federal courts have slapped-down President Trump’s immigration plans.  He has made it known what he thinks of the federal courtstrump ignore supreme court and the judges—the “so-called judges,” as he put it.  I anticipate more cases to be filed against his executive orders or other things he tries to do.  Can President Trump ignore the Supreme Court?

The answer, …