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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.
(My 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.) The series also won two major awards from the New Mexico Press Association including Best Investigative Public Service award.
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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
Normally, small research studies don’t interest me much since they usually don’t include a large cross-section of participants. I mean, how can you reach a generalized conclusion if you have only questioned or studied 20 or 30 people, right?
But a newly reported effort from the Boston Reentry Study group caught my attention. During a project that spanned more than a year, departing prison inmates were asked all sorts of questions. The one that caught my attention focused on the inmates’ childhood: “Did you ever see someone get killed during that time?”
Dear Mr. Robert Mueller:
I am neither a democrat or a republican. I am writing as a concerned American to beg you to reveal whether there is any end in sight for your Russia-Trump collusion investigation.
We all want to know the truth behind whether President Trump or any of his associates colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election. We’d also like to know if the FBI first started investigating Mr. Trump months before the election based on a dirty-tricks tip from Democrats.
Smart Homes are dumb. There, I said it.
I’m sure those involved in the almost half-billion dollar a year connected-home technology business in the United States won’t be happy with my statement but I’m sticking to my guns. So-called smart technology is not your friend.
Across the nation parents are in the process of either welcoming home their college kids for the summer or they’re making preparations to send them off to college in the fall. Some will be letting go of their children for the first time, excited and anxious about the next chapter of life.
Let this be a wake-up call for those parents who believe the school will keep them informed if anything goes wrong with their kid. Probably the school will not.
The post 911 mantra, “If you see something – say something” appears to have taken an ugly turn these days. It used to relate to concerns about terrorism. If you saw an abandoned backpack or van or if you discovered evidence one could construe as bomb related the instruction was to immediately call police to investigate.
Today, citizens seem to have twisted that advice and call police with the pettiest suspicions or complaints about people who don’t look like they look. Thanks to ever-present cell phone cameras we can confirm several instances of racial profiling that have happened in just the last few weeks.
What does the word asylum conjure up in your mind? An overpopulated mental ward with screaming patients frothing at the mouth? A snake pit, as depicted in the 1948 movie of the same name in which actress Olivia de Havilland, battles schizophrenia, shock treatments and a sadistic nurse?
The word asylum simply means, “An institution offering shelter and support to people who are mentally ill.” So why don’t we have more psychiatric asylums to help the ever-growing number of Americans who battle serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bi-polar disease? “Asylum” is not a dirty word.
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.
Normally, small research studies don’t interest me much since they usually don’t include a large ...
Dear Mr. Robert Mueller: I am neither a democrat or a republican. I am writing as ...
Smart Homes are dumb. There, I said it. I’m sure those involved in the almost half-billion ...
Across the nation parents are in the process of either welcoming home their college kids ...
The post 911 mantra, “If you see something – say something” appears to have taken ...