Law and Justice

Making The Moral Case Against Solitary Confinement

PALO ALTO – Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik argued in court last week that his detention in solitary confinement violates the European Convention on Human Rights. Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing 77 people in a politically motivated bomb attack and shooting rampage in 2011. Norway takes a relatively gentle… Read more »

Adoptive gay parents win another Supreme Court victory (mostly)

On March 7th, the Alabama Supreme Court was dealt yet another blow in its crusade to strip gays and lesbians of their relationship and familial rights. This time, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legal status of a nonbiological mother, known in court documents as V.L., who was embroiled in a heated custody battle with… Read more »

Community Policing and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Pardon this rather prosaic post on an important subject. Increasing numbers of police officers and others in criminal justice have gotten the memo that the field must do a better job addressing individuals in mental health crisis. Men and women living with intellectual and developmental disabilities sometimes experience behavioral behavioral crises that bring them into… Read more »