Crime and Law

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What It Means to Legalize Euthanasia

Societal acceptance of physician-assisted suicide has been growing, but the costs aren't always so easy to see.
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Gun Ownership and Suicide: An Overlooked Health Crisis  

Gun violence is more than mass shootings in the news - many gun deaths are the result of suicide. Why have we overlooked this crisis?
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Death by State? The Country Discusses Abolition of Capital Punishment

Public opinion on capital punishment is shifting. Is this change justified?
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Angola Prison and the Ethics of Prison Labor

The "Alcatraz of the South" has a troubling history. Once a private plantation, the "Bloodiest Prison in America" now uses mandatory labor and religious services as a means of moral rehabilitation. Can the gains ever outweigh the moral ills?
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Judd v Weinstein: Reexamining Ex Post Facto

Ex post facto laws allow us to avoid retroactive legislation. But in the era after #MeToo, maybe there are some crimes that should be punished after the fact.
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Aging and Blaming in the Criminal Justice System

As the average life expectancy increases, those sentenced to life in prison are facing more punishment than previous generations.
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Cyntoia Brown and the Limitations of “Self-Defense”

Our societal notions of what "self defense" should mean is based largely on what an adult male might do in a situation. Such a definition failed Cyntoia Brown, was was sentenced to 51 years in prison for killing an abuser.
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Making a Murderer, Brain Fingerprinting, and the Ownership of Thoughts

Netflix's Making a Murderer sometimes uses questionable practices to tell true crime stories. Among these methods is "brain fingerprinting."
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A Requiem of Retribution at a Black Mass: Whitey Bulger and...

What are the ethical ramifications of placing notorious or elderly criminals in prison systems where they are at risk for violent attack?
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The Pittsburgh Shooting and Secondary Anti-Semitism

In the wake of the mass murder at a Pittsburgh synagogue, this article explores Secondary Antisemitism as a form of erasure of the struggles of jewish people and its connection to this attack.