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For Kids, Life Means Life

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On January 17, 2008
Sentencing youthful offenders (that’s kids who are convicted for crimes) to life incarceration violates virtually every human rights norm out there. According to Human Rights Watch, there are only 7 people outside the United States who were sentenced to life in prison while minors. Wanna guess how many kids are currently locked up for life […]

Only Ten?

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On January 3, 2008

Blogger and commentator Heather Wokusch lists the top-ten worst Bush appointees for reproductive health and rights — the people whose noses Bush has allowed to intrude most into your bedroom. He

The Steyn Complaint

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On December 10, 2007
I agree with Jim Henley and Roy Edroso that the complaint filed in federal and provincial human rights commissions against Mark Steyn is a dangerous threat to free speech. Not because, as Maclean’s is saying in defense, Steyn’s writing isn’t “Islamophobic,” but because the suppression of political speech is exceptionally dangerous. Some people may object […]

Paul and Abortion

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On November 27, 2007

Ramesh Ponnuru makes an interesting point about Ron Paul: “What strikes me is what a throwback Paul is among libertarians. Hard money and anti-interventionism move him, but he seems utterly unin

Release & Re-Entry

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On November 25, 2007
It’s no surprise at this point to learn that the prison door is revolving. Recent studies show that up to 2/3 of those recently released from prisons are rearrested within three years. Recidivism is expensive. It’s also preventable, up to a point. It’s not hard to see why recidivism rates are so high in the […]

Happy Anniversary!

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On October 24, 2007

Via Roy, I see that conservatives are whining about the great day 20 years ago on which arch-reactionary Robert Bork was justly rejected by the Senate. First if all, it’s worth repeating that in

Sui Generis has been following the case of Bobbijean P., the child taken away from her parents – two homeless people struggling with crack addictions. In the neglect proceeding regarding custody over the girl (initiated wholly on the basis of the child’s positive drug screen at birth), her mother was told by a New York […]

Proving Too Much

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On October 22, 2007

You may have heard about this embrace of utter crackpottery from new social conservative darling Mike Huckabee: Speaking before a gathering of Christian conservative voters, GOP presidential hopeful M

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