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Former inmate, activist now free to speak out
Last year, when Ray Luc Levasseur was invited to speak on the University of Massachusetts — Amherst campus to commemorate the anniversary of a federal sedition trial held in Springfield, the speech prompted vehement protests from police groups and state
| October 15, 2010
The failure of ‘tough-on-crime’ tactics
It was after midnight, and Dawn Jacques lay sleepless in her cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions, shuddering. Bathed in sweat, she stared at the ceiling for hours until it blurred.
Left untreated, drug addicts pose greater costs for everyone else
| May 08, 2008
Can RI back away from the war on drugs?
When Rhode island voters narrowly approved a measure last November to allow felons on probation to vote, it marked an important step away from the kind of supposedly “tough on crime” policies that have long typified American criminal justice policy.
Deficits and prison crowding propel the search for a more effective approach
| January 24, 2007
In this hip-hop urban Bonnie and Clyde wanna-be, charismatic rapper/actor Tyrese ( Baby Boy , 2 Fast 2 Furious ) plays O2, a recent parolee whose efforts to go straight are derailed when a Crenshaw drug lord inadvertently kidnaps his son during a carj
A sugar buzz
| June 28, 2006
Life, love, and sneakers
Rob Heppler got his sneaker schooling in jail: "Anyone that had super-awesome sneakers, it was for a reason. It meant you were a huge drug dealer or you were rich or somebody cared about you on the outside."
The culture of high-end kicks is about to blow up in Boston. How many pairs do you have?
| February 18, 2006
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