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U.S. senator wants to legalize marijuana nationwide

by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/01/17, 12:40 pm

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced a bill Tuesday to legalize marijuana at a federal level. Booker said his Marijuana Justice Act is more than just encouraging states to legalize the sale and use of cannabis; it’s one step forward in reforming a broken federal criminal justice system. “Our country’s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,” Booker said in a statement.

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What’s the penalty for murder?

Criminal Justice | Prison Fellowship’s James Ackerman on prison sentencing, the death penalty, and transformed inmates
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/20/17, 10:19 am

The May 27 issue of WORLD includes an interview with James Ackerman, president and CEO of Prison Fellowship. Here are some additional edited excerpts.

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Good families reduce crime

Crime | Studies show the factors early in life that lead to juvenile and adult criminal behavior
by Anthony Bradley
Posted 5/17/17, 04:24 pm

As U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions advises federal prosecutors to get tougher on crime, Christians can use this as an opportunity to consider why it is that people commit crimes in the first place. While conservatives tend to highlight the individual’s choice to sin against society and progressives tend to point to structural issues like poverty, the truth is actually somewhere in the middle. For example, in the juvenile justice system, we see the tragic intersection of the breakdown of the family, acting out, and poor choices that often leads to adult criminal behavior.

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