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Steven Yoder

Steven Yoder has written about criminal justice and other domestic policy issues for Salon, Al Jazeera America, The Fiscal Times, and others-online at @syodertweets.

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Trump administration policies will force a growing number of asylum seekers back to their countries, where they could face threats, violence, and death. Read more

Civil Rights in America

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The federal sentencing reform advancing in Congress would expand programs designed to cut recidivism among released offenders. One state thinks it’s found a solution—give former prisoners a circle of volunteer supporters. Read more

Law and Justice

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Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric, and his campaign’s eagerness to eject protesters, might prompt First Amendment lawsuits—including against police officers. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Budget shortfalls have left police departments without the funds to properly train officers on using their firearms. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Violence-prevention groups are trying to teach young people that there are ways to resolve conflict without guns. Permissive gun legislation makes their jobs difficult. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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A few states forego a key tool protecting the public from rogue police officers. Read more

Law and Justice

Bad cops will keep sexually assaulting women they’re sworn to protect until we get stronger laws and better data on the number of victims. Read more

Law and Justice

Bad cops will keep sexually assaulting women they’re sworn to protect until we get stronger laws and better data on the number of victims. Read more

Law and Justice

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New York may appear to be divided over its new gun laws, but the short-term battles are mere flesh wounds in a long war to change the culture around violence. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Does publicly posting names of convicted sex offenders actually reduce the number of sexual offenses? Read more

Features

States have been scaling back their juvenile prisons and allowing troubled youth to stay in their communities. But without money and oversight, local control could fall far short of real reform. Read more

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Some states are looking to end policies that allow prisoners to accrue child-support debt while in prison and have most of their wages garnished when they get out -- policies that drive many ex-prisoners to re-offend. Read more

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