With a staggering 2,248,100 people incarcerated in American prisons and jails according to 2015 US Bureau of Justice Statistics figures, America takes the carceral cake on the global level. We imprison more people, both per capita and in absolute numbers, than any other nation in the world, including countries that America deems to have repressive regimes such as Russia, […]

The Justice Department under President Obama pursued civil rights cases in an aggressive manner, making it perhaps the most activist administration in history. Founded in 1957 and tasked with enforcing federal law prohibiting discrimination, the DoJ’s civil rights division spearheaded this effort. Over the past eight years, the civil rights division has been at the […]

“Anyone who is in the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” then-candidate Donald J. Trump said during a campaign trail speech on immigration. Within one week of taking office, President Trump took the first steps towards fulfilling this campaign promise, signing an executive order titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United […]

Though the presidential election grabbed most of the headlines, Donald Trump wasn’t the only big winner on November 8th – marijuana legalization ballot measures passed in four states, and some did by resounding margins. Thanks to this, more than one in five Americans now live in a state with legal recreational marijuana. Marijuana is a […]

On October 18th, 2016, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, held a meeting with over 40 interfaith leaders to discuss new strategies for defeating the marijuana legalization question on the ballot. Throughout the course of the meeting, the archbishop took a strong stance against the legalization of the substance, citing concerns ranging from […]

In many ways, Rashad Newsome and Carell Johnson were no different from typical high school students: Newsome had a part-time job and was ranked as one of the top high school football players in the nation; Johnson had a 3.25 GPA and planned to attend California State University, Fresno. But thanks to the Los Angeles […]

Over the last eight years, the US Congress has established a long track record of not doing things. But on September 28, for the first time in Obama’s administration, Congress mustered up a rare showing of bipartisan cooperation and overrode the president’s veto. Unfortunately, this exceptional time for Congress to decide to get something done […]