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Prisoners, Dogs, Love, and Rehabilitation

March 30, 2021

To err is human. To forgive, canine.  – Unknown Somewhere between 9,000 and 150,000 years ago, man made a deal with another species. Man allowed relatively tame wolfs to enter their small communities to stay warm by the fire and eat whatever scraps families did not finish. In return, those protocanines became nighttime watchdogs, warning […]

Vaping, Marijuana, and Government Regulation

January 6, 2020

Cigarettes kill more people each year than our enemies did in the nation’s wars over the last seven decades. For that to change, existing cigarette smokers would need to quit or obtain nicotine through something less dangerous. Enter electronic cigarettes, also known as “e-cigarettes,” “vapes,” or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). E-cigarettes are electronic devices […]

Reforming Federal Clemency

October 9, 2018

Clemency—the ability to forgive wrongdoing or mitigate punishment—is a revered aspect of presidential authority. It ordinarily takes one of five forms: • A pardon forgives an offender and erases his legal penalties; • A commutation lessens the punishment but leaves a conviction intact; • A remission returns all or some of the fine or forfeiture […]

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