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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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More about the machinery of criminal justice

Criminal Justice | Additional insights from Stephanos Bibas
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/11/17, 04:48 pm

One of my articles in WORLD Magazine’s May 27 issue, “Insider injustices,” cites a terrific book by Stephanos Bibas: The Machinery of Criminal Justice. I include here a few more quotations from the book, and summaries of its insights, that I didn’t have room for in the Magazine article.

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Ready for reform

Features | Reassessing the young offender, public defender, and bail systems
by Mark Moland
Posted 5/11/17, 02:42 pm

CARTHAGE, Texas—A case of beer, a bucket of change, and two fireworks changed the course of Cody McCary’s life.

In a Denny’s restaurant in Carthage, Texas, McCary, 35, looked down at a plate of eggs and tugged a white cowboy hat over sad eyes. He was recounting a two-decade-old mistake that’s followed him ever since.

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