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My investigative research has uncovered a major flaw in America’s court system. It has to do with how overburdened and underfunded courts deal with family disputes over what to do with an elderly Mom or Dad. A growing number of families, nationwide, have learned that once a family member turns to the courts for help their parent could be placed under an odious elder guardianship situation managed by total stranger. Families caught up in this system say it turned their aging parent’s final years into a nightmare. These are my findings about the system in one state.
(This is a five-part Albuquerque Journal series was awarded the Institute for American Studies prestigious Clark Mollenhoff Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. Please read the sidebar stories in the left hand column under: More Info.)
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Thinking Outside The Crime and Justice Box is a compilation of some of my favorite and most thought provoking columns – with updates and new text. The book discusses today’s headline crime cases as well as crime and justice issues readers may not realize even existed. Compelling human stories at the core of crime are often the centerpiece of my columns and reading about stranger’s struggles can help readers better understand the dynamics surrounding crime, law enforcement and justice. Look, there is good and evil in the world and I figure it is my job to point it out.
Welcome to my home base where you’ll find my weekly Creators Syndicate crime and justice newspaper columns re-posted. The paper of my childhood — The Albuquerque Journal — continues to be my column’s showcase spot for as long as they’ll have me.
My writings here are always different. Sometimes I’ll simply tell you a story. Sometimes I’ll share my opinions, praise or criticism. Other times I’ll hold a mirror up to our society and invite you to form your own opinion. I hope the columns will give you something new to think about each time you visit. It’s a complicated world out there, full of situations of good versus evil, right versus wrong. My job is point them out. - Diane
Football is proven to be dangerous to an athlete’s health. Why isn’t it regulated?
Our government – both state and federal – has countless laws and regulations designed to keep citizens safe and healthy. From safety standards on the foods we eat and the cars we drive to laws governing workers in coal mines or those who handle hazardous materials like asbestos or formaldehyde.
But there is one obvious health hazard the government has shied away from regulating.
The woman’s face was contorted with anger as she thrust a finger at the media scrum covering a campaign event and yelled, “I hate you all! Liars! You should be in prison!”
Memory fades. I can’t recall which presidential candidate this woman had turned out to support last year but I will never forget her look of sheer contempt for the traveling press corp. I remember because I used to be one of them.
Let’s talk about the U.S. prison system, shall we? By that, I mean the whole shebang. Prisons run by the federal government, state and locally run jails and juvenile correctional institutions and let’s toss in immigration detention facilities, military prisons and the 76 jails on Indian lands.
Altogether the United States of America’s criminal justice system imprisons more than 2.3 million inmates according to the Prison Policy Initiative.
Reader reaction to my last column on voter fraud precisely proved my point.
We have become so consumed with spewing political snark in this country that we’re often blinded to our problems. We’re so busy throwing darts at those who don’t think exactly as we do that we fail to see the unraveling of our most basic systems.
“Voter suppression exists. Not voter fraud,” wrote reader Elizabeth Blackburn. “It’s just an excuse to keep minorities from voting.”
She missed my point.
Crimes are being committed in the United States every time there is an election. In states across America there are plenty of illegally registered voters on the rolls and a good portion of them are casting ballots. Some are not citizens of the United States. Others flaunt the law and vote in more than one state or vote after posing as a registered voter who is dead.
These are facts. This is voter fraud, folks. So don’t let those who pooh-pooh the existence of voter deception tell you otherwise.
I received an unusual letter from Arizona recently. It was written by an inmate held at the Lewis prison complex in Buckeye, Arizona and signed by 39 other prisoners. Their complaint? That life inside the Buckley unit there is like living in hell.
This summer’s record breaking heat there has them “baking in their cells,” according to inmate Robert Navarro. He says the temperature inside his corner cell – where the relentless sun beats down on his walls all day — was recently been recorded as high as 112 degrees.
I was raised in the great American Southwest by parents who stressed personal responsibility, integrity, compassion for others and the ability to tell a good story. Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico I absorbed the moral and ethical values I would carry with me throughout life and use daily as a journalist.
After a humble beginning in Albuquerque radio (covering the cops and courts beat) I moved east. First, radio in Washington, DC where politics was the name of the game and then to New York where I got my first taste of television. It was to be a long draw at the TV trough, from New York to Hollywood and back again. And always my most fulfilling work was done in the crime and justice genre. My long running syndicated column allows me to deep dive into the human stories behind the headlines on a weekly basis. Writing books about crime and how society reacts to it still fascinates me.
Football is proven to be dangerous to an athlete’s health. Why isn’t it regulated? Our government ...
The woman’s face was contorted with anger as she thrust a finger at the media ...
Let’s talk about the U.S. prison system, shall we? By that, I mean the whole ...
Reader reaction to my last column on voter fraud precisely proved my point. We have become ...
Crimes are being committed in the United States every time there is an election. In ...