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Please address the lack of follow up arrested last night in Baltimore of student organizer

Joseph Kent is his name. Chris Cuomo just watched what happened with an open mouth. No follow up - why would the police block the view of his arrest with a vehicle? Where is the investigative journalism here?
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Baltimore

You were the only one on CNN who made sense last night. There are many issues in Baltimore as there are in every city but rioting and looting is not the answer. I work as a teacher in the community and I love the families and children who live there. The violence that occurred yesterday is systemic of the problems that the youth face, however, it's not representative of the majority of the people in Sandtown. We need people to help continue to build this community, not tear it down with rioting or with the insensitive comments from the media.
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Prison system is outcropping of societal issues

Van, can we talk about rehabilitation and therapies in prison? I worked with inner city youth for 10 years, and one of the boys I helped mentor ended up molesting a small child when he was 19. Turns out he was molested himself by several different family members as a child, before I met him. He was a high school drop out of two years at the time of the incident due to too many fights at his school. He is also slightly mentally impaired and didn't get the help he needed in school. He spent 3 years in prison without even one day of therapy or rehab of any kind. He's not required to do any therapy or support group now that he's out either. I'm not excusing what he did WHATSOEVER, but he's trying hard to make it and get his GED now that he's out and I haven't seen any indication that he'll reoffend. But I feel like the system has completely failed him in every possible way. Our prison system is an outcropping of our many inner city societal issues.
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CONCERN MOTHER

My name is Vancinia "Vann" Jones and I agree with you that if there was no video this officer ūüĎģ would have gotten away with it just like so many other officers. This needs to STOP I am willing to do whatever it takes to protect our MAN OF COLOR my only Son is 26 years young and I fear for his life too.
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Apr 20, 2015
Our out-of-control criminal justice system has forgotten about justice. Last Tuesday, eight¬†Atlanta Public Schools employees¬†were sentenced to prison¬†in one of the largest school cheating scandals in American history. But you wouldn't know they were cheaters based on how they were treated in court. The educators were¬†convicted of racketeering¬†‚ÄĒ a felony typically reserved for mob bosses, drug kingpins and terrorists. The Atlanta teachers are now the latest victims of overcriminalization. They were charged under a law that had nothing to do with their actions. For years, the educators¬†quietly changed students' answers¬†on the¬†Georgia Criterion-Referenced CompetencyTest, dramatically boosting the scores. They did so... ... more
Apr 10, 2015
(CNN) We are still in the early stages, but the 2016 presidential race is full of fascinating personalities with intriguing stories. Will iconoclastic senators such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz catch fire and bring sweeping change to the Republican Party? Will Jeb Bush be able to shake off the brand damage from his brother's presidency? Will Hillary Clinton, formidable after so many years in the spotlight, survive the coming onslaught and break that glass ceiling? But there is an even more important question: Will 2016 be about big personalities -- or big proposals for change? The scary truth is that... ... more
Mar 26, 2015
(CNN) In Washington, we are seeing the re-emergence this year of a phenomenon that many Americans were afraid had gone extinct: real live no-joke bipartisanship. Heavyweights from both parties are attending the March 26 Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform. The event is co-produced by Gingrich Productions (on the right) and by my project, #cut50 -- an initiative that aims to safely halve the number of people behind bars within 10 years. Attorney General Eric Holder will be speaking. So will Newt Gingrich, the Republican former House speaker. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, will be there. So will Democratic strategist and CNN commentator Donna Brazile,... ... more