How did you “choose” your friends as toddler or as a young child? Whether someone grows up in an affluent neighborhood, a middle-class neighborhood, oftentimes, children make friends in two places: their schools and their residential neighborhoods. Generally, students attend … [Read more...] about We Do Not Choose Our Backgrounds
Think about the culture shock when you have spent your entire life enjoying freedom—and likely taking it for granted—and the next minute you are arrested and ultimately convicted of a crime carrying life in prison without the possibility of parole. Before that moment, you never … [Read more...] about One Strike and You’re Out
“He is a sex offender! Stay away!,” everyone whispers as he walks into the room. “We do not want him here!,” others exclaim amongst themselves. The chatter continues as this group of self-proclaimed spiritual people—allegedly accepting of all—is in an uproar over the man’s … [Read more...] about Gasp! A Sex Offender!
Not all crimes are equal. Not all robberies are equal. Not all burglaries are equal. Not all murders are equal. Not all thefts are equal. The circumstances of the crime make some offenses less egregious than other law violations. … [Read more...] about Not All Crimes are Equal: Crimes for Survival
Generally, under the law, thinking about committing a crime is not a criminal act. I would venture to guess that just about everyone has imagined committing a crime. A law-abiding citizen shopping in Walgreens has thought, “It would be so easy to put this item in my pocket and … [Read more...] about How California Punishes Thinking About Committing a Crime