Diane Dimond, award winning investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist writes about the ever-evolving and fascinating world of crime and justice.

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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.

The e-book is available right now – here. The hold-in-your-hand book is coming soon! Thanks to the kind folks at Creators Publishing.

Welcome

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

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Latest Syndicated Column

The Cost of Burying Forgotten Souls

The Cost of Burying Forgotten Souls

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. 

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School Bus Safety Laws Long Overdue

School Bus Safety Laws Long Overdue

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.

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Note to Anti-Trump Protesters: Stop Whining

Note to Anti-Trump Protesters: Stop Whining

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.

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Cops and Kids – Perfect Together

Cops and Kids – Perfect Together

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?

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Wanted: A Better Understanding of When and Why Police Use Force

Wanted: A Better Understanding of When and Why Police Use Force

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?

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Time For Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Retire

Time For Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Retire

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….

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