Heroin, Criminal Justice Reform, and Race

There’s been a lot of talk in the news about an opioid/heroin epidemic in our country. And with this epidemic, many have begun rethinking long-term incarceration for drug addicts. It is certainly time for this reform. Make no mistake: locking people up for years, decades, or a lifetime for an illness – an addiction –… Read More

2016 Presidential Candidates on the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Black History Month celebrates the contributions of Black Americans. We recognize the achievements of historical social reformers such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass. As Black History Month comes to a close, I think it’s appropriate to celebrate the Black Lives Matter activists who have done a tremendous job creating social awareness to… Read More

A Matter of Perspective?

At Altering Convictions we share our perspective about combating police brutality, opposing mass incarceration, and fighting injustice. All of our pieces presume a few basic truths that are inarguable. It is unacceptable for law enforcement to treat certain people’s lives as expendable. Law enforcement should honor everyone’s constitutional rights. And all people should be treated… Read More

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. It is mystifying to me that such a basic affirmation can be considered divisive. And yet there have been many who react to this affirmation defensively. Many interpret the irrefutable phrase into a negation of its opposite, as if it were an inflammatory, anti-white or anti-police rallying cry. That twist is just… Read More

Family of Unarmed Black Teen Killed by Police Sues Madison

Tony Robinson, Jr., Shot to Death by Officer Matthew Kenny, Despite Posing No Threat August 12, 2015 – The family of Tony Robinson, Jr., an unarmed 19-year-old killed in a hail of bullets by a Madison police officer, will lead a rally announcing the filing of a federal civil suit against the City of Madison… Read More

Caught on Tape: Iowa Cops Shoot Black Bystander 5 Times, Then Lie About It

Just-released security tape shows cops lied after they shot Jovan Webb, who survived April 5th police shooting CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 7/22/15 – Attorneys for Jovan Webb, a black Waterloo, IA resident, filed suit in federal court here today against the City of Waterloo and some of its police officers for unlawfully shooting him five times… Read More