Holding Feet to the Fire on Stop-and-Frisk

Mr. Jim Kenney’s parting words a year ago today foreshadowed tonight’s stop-and-frisk town hall in North Philadelphia.

How Many Lives is an Execution Worth?

How the death penalty may keep innocent people in prison.

What Can Rats Teach Us About Prison Reform?

Louise Thayer looks at a prison ‘experiment’ with devastating consequences.

Freed from prison, man robs Same N.J. store 14 years later

Gary Bouchard’s blank verse “ripped from the headlines” poem is a remarkable meditation on cycles and human habit.

Designer Nights Out: Good Urban Planning can Reduce Drunken Violence

It turns out, city planning and design can do a lot more than just make things look nice; it can actually help cut down on crime and violence.

Making Kids Safer in Notorious Danger Zones

These veterans in Chicago stand guard on the front lines to give kids safe passage to and from school.

It’s on Us: Beyond Bystander Intervention

When someone you know is accused of sexual assault, take a moment to reflect before you blame the victim.

I Come From South Central

Welcome to my block. Would you like to take a walk with me?

‘The Godfather’ Trilogy Chronicles a Good Man’s Descent into Darkness

Movies reflect the changing roles of men in the 21st century. Here is what our community says about a classic one.

‘Captive’ How One Woman and a Dangerous Man Helped Each Other

A film that shows god loves to work in mysterious ways that don’t always make sense at the time There are a good amount of films these days that deal have a religious tone to them. A memorable one was The Passion of the Christ but this film is nothing like that. Captive tells the true […]

‘Black Mass’ A Film about a Modern Day Monster

The true story of Whitey Bulger and how he became one of the most notorious gangsters in America Johnny Depp has played a lot of roles in his long career. He has been good characters and some seriously twisted ones. He has played a pirate, a misunderstood guy with scissors for his hands, a killer barber and […]

OPE™: Transforming Prisons Into Learning Institutions?

“The prison industrial complex is making money . . . millions. But, what if prisons were transformed into learning institutions? What if there were teachers in these institutions instead of prison guards?”