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Our Incarceration Nation: Even After Prison, Many Americans Are Held Captive

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Did you realize that there are more Americans on parole or probation than are held within the prison system? Yep, it's hard to fathom but 1 in 58 American adults -- about 4.4 million citizens -- are currently under some sort of community supervision.

Do they all need to be? Doubtful. And the status quo is costing taxpayers billions every single...Read more

Reimagining Our Police Forces: What Is It We Need?

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Bill Bratton has been the police commissioner of three major cities: Boston, Los Angeles and New York. When asked last year about the value of cops, Bratton, 73, said: "They are the glue that literally holds society together. They are an essential element of a successful democracy." I agree.

But we have come to a place now where we need to ...Read more

Know a Victim of Domestic Abuse? Here's How to Help Them

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Domestic abuse is a terrible cycle. Victim advocates say it takes an average of seven events before the injured person tries to leave an abusive situation for good.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. every minute. Over the course of one year...Read more

Readers to Politicians: You're Not Listening!

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

In March 2020, this column focused on the need for citizens who are unhappy with the state of our political and justice systems to speak up about their concerns.

Your opinion can't be counted if you stay silent, I wrote. Or as one of my readers put it, "We now have the government that we have earned but not the government our children deserve...Read more

Americans Are in Debt and the Vultures Are Circling

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Americans are now deeper in debt than at any other time in our nation's history. Especially acute are mounting debts on past-due mortgage payments, student loans and medical bills. In fact, medical debt is one of the most often-mentioned causes of personal bankruptcies in the U.S., and the situation has only gotten worse during the pandemic.

So...Read more

Tracking Political Donations Into Zombie Land

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Are you among the countless Americans who felt so passionately about the 2020 presidential election that you wrote a check to your favorite candidate? But if your candidate had dropped out of the race, would you have been able to get your money back?

At one time, there were a whopping 29 Democrats running for president in 2020. Collectively, ...Read more

Why Crime Is on the Decline

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

"Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime." -- Aristotle

Aristotle had a point, but there are many factors that contribute to crime. Experts have told us about them for a long time. Poverty; unemployment; lack of education or adequate housing; the breakdown of the two-parent family; mental illness; drug abuse; and sexual exploitation of ...Read more

The 'Prison Groupie' Syndrome

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Here's a word from the field of crime I'm betting you've never heard before: hybristophilia. It's pronounced HIGH-briss-toe-feel-ee-uh, and it's such an obscure word some dictionaries don't even include it -- yet.

Expert criminologists and mental health professionals define hybristophilia in a scientific way: a syndrome in which sexual arousal ...Read more

Fact: School Shootings Are Rare

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

If schools aren't already back in session where you are, they soon will be. As a sign of our times, many parents will worry about the safety of their child and the possibility of another deadly school shooting.

The fact is while mass shootings in the U.S. seem all too frequent, occurring between 10 and 20 times a year, shootings at schools are ...Read more

Domestic Abusers Sometimes Wear a Badge

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Sarah Letendre is spending her time trying to piece together a brand-new life for herself and her two small children. Technically, she is homeless, living alone in a hotel, and trying to find a job (with her master's degree in social work) and a permanent place to live. Her days as a nurturing stay-at-home mom are over.

On the evening of July ...Read more

The Trend Toward Distrusting Police Could Hurt Us All

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

All Democrats want to take your guns. All Republicans are racist. So is law enforcement, and police brutality is commonplace.

Of course, none of those statements are true, but they highlight the groupthink that has infected the national conversation. When a police-involved death occurs, it seems there are no shades of gray anymore, no need for ...Read more

Remembering Betty

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

The marvelous Betty Winstanley died in 2019, just shy of her 98th birthday in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She died in the captivity of a court-sanctioned guardianship that haunted her final years. Her life never should have ended that way.

Winstanley was an elegant, eloquent, remarkable woman. In an era when women were undereducated, she ...Read more

 

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