Category Archives: Criminal Justice

Guest column: School-to-prison pipeline needs to be rerouted!

This writer has written several columns about the School –to-Prison (STP) pipeline, also called the Cradle-to-Jail. It has led to too many minority and poor students being  placed almost directly into detention, too often leading to prison.  The STP has … Continue reading

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One day, two very different demonstrations

Yesterday, Saturday 19 January, saw the state of South Dakota play host to two very different demonstrations. The first occurred in Pierre as 80 gun enthusiasts gathered inside the State Capitol to demonstrate against gun control on Gun Appreciation Day, … Continue reading

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Justice served for Shirley Schwab and Brandon Taliaferro

If you haven’t been following the saga of Shirley Schwab and Brandon Taliaferro, a child welfare advocate and a deputy state’s attorney (respectively) who were brought up on Monday for charges of witness tampering and perjury for attempting to protect … Continue reading

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Keeping execution under wraps in South Dakota

Attorney General Marty Jackley has set his priorities for 2013, proposing five bills to the South Dakota legislature. Apparently, one of his priorities is protecting the manufacturers who keep SD’s death chamber up and running: The second AG bill would … Continue reading

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SD Death Row loses an inmate

Last month we wrote that SD death row inmate Rodney Berget (or rather his lawyer, SDPJC member Jeff Larson) was challenging the state’s “one drug cocktail” for lethal injection. Looks like Mr. Berget may have won himself a reprieve on … Continue reading

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The pros and cons of assault weapons

Why would anyone want to own an assault weapon? That’s the question the Rapid City Journal asked on the front page of its Saturday edition, as debate about gun control heats up in the wake of the Newtown shooting. Answer: … Continue reading

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Parents react to NRA’s call for armed schools

Parents and educators across the country have reacted predictably poorly to the NRA’s recent call to arm teachers and post more armed security guards in schools: The reactions of parents, teachers and school administrators ranged from hesitation to anger on … Continue reading

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