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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
The average cost of a funeral these days is between $7,000 and $10,000. Imagine then, what it costs each state to bury inmates who die in prison, those whose bodies are unclaimed by family members.
Just like the population in general, the average age of prisoners is getting older. Coupled with the past trend of imposing long prison sentences, more and more inmates die behind bars.
If children are our most precious resource, then why aren’t we doing more to protect them as they travel to and from school?
For decades, there have been concerns about the lack of seat belts in school buses. Yet today, only six states have laws requiring them.
Stop it. I’m tired of turning on the news or picking up a newspaper and seeing your pouty faces, screaming for what you think you are due. I’m sick of reading your ill-informed signs adorned with swastikas and promising to beat back fascism. Makes one wonder if you’ve ever studied the real evils of history.
Especially odious are your signs that read, “Trump: Not My President!”
Yes, he is.
Elegantly simple ideas are often the best. And here’s a great example, brought to you by the folks at the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Following a spate of police shootings of unarmed civilians and several chilling assassinations of on-duty officers, no one can deny there is major tension in cities across the nation. So, how to ease the built up anxiety and pressure between citizens and those who are supposed to protect them?
It has been more than two years since Ferguson, Missouri erupted into riots following the deadly police shooting of an unarmed teenager named Michael Brown. It was exactly two years ago this month that Tamir Rice, a 12-year old playing with a toy gun, was shot dead by a cop in Cleveland, Ohio.
There have been many more cases of deadly police shootings since then and still Washington hasn’t figured out a way to keep track of when and why officers use force against the citizenry. Why not?
US Supreme Court justices are appointed to the highest court in the land for life. There Is no mandatory retirement age. But I would suggest it is time for 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg to hang up her robe.
We should all take a moment to acknowledge her long and spectacular legal career. Ginsburg has been a true liberal champion for laws concerning women’s and voter’s rights, racial justice and she has long been a proponent of affirmative action programs in higher education.
But now as she enters her 23rd year on the US Supreme Court she has called into question her own impartiality….
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.
The average cost of a funeral these days is between $7,000 and $10,000. Imagine then, ...
If children are our most precious resource, then why aren’t we doing more to protect ...
Stop it. I’m tired of turning on the news or picking up a newspaper and ...
Elegantly simple ideas are often the best. And here’s a great example, brought to you ...
It has been more than two years since Ferguson, Missouri erupted into riots following the ...