Imagine that you're walking calmly down a street with your partner one night. Suddenly, and without any reason at all, the police stop you, question you and carry out a full body search of you and your partner. That seems too intrusive, no? That is what's called “stop and frisk,” an aggressive search that is one of the more controversial tactics used by police … [Read more...] about Controversial Tactics
Photo by Silvia Dangond Gibsone I am going to give you five numbers that underscore the tragedy of domestic violence. But first we should remember why we celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Thirty-three years ago, Patricia, Minerva and Maria Teresa, known as the Mirabal Sisters, died in the Dominican Republic after they were hung … [Read more...] about Five shocking numbers about domestic violence
It's a common question in the fight against crime: Is it better for police to patrol in cars or on motorcycles, so they can cover more ground and respond faster to emergency calls, or walk their beats so they can interact more closely with their communities. The answer lies in the “Philadelphia Experiment.” That's got nothing to do with the 1984 movie by the same name about an … [Read more...] about Without Fears: The Philadelphia Experiment, Step by Step.
Bullying Prevention Awareness Month has ended and it is a good time for Caribbean schools and policy makers to take stock and improve current efforts to reduce and prevent bullying. A recent IDB Policy Brief, “Mothers Are Right: Eat Your Vegetables and Keep Away From the Girls (Boys): Bullying Victimization Profile in the Caribbean” (Ruprah and Sierra, 2014), contributes new … [Read more...] about 3 Things the Caribbean Should be Doing to Address Bullying
October is being celebrated as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”. It’s a good time for us to reflect on issues close to home. I was pointed to an interesting article published in the New York Times entitled “Punishment or Child Abuse”. The author dealt with the topic in the context of the American society, but I want to take a few minutes to analyse it in the context of the … [Read more...] about Child Abuse: Breaking the Cycle through Public Education?