Laura Finley

Laura Finley as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She is syndicated by PeaceVoice. Laura is a member of Amnesty International USA's Board of Directors.

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"We should put pressure on the Trump administration to reconsider this foolish reinstatement of the 1033 program before another Ferguson happens," the author writes. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud/flickr/cc) Views
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Imploring President Trump to Reconsider Reinstating Program Offering Military Surplus to Police
On August 28, the Trump administration unveiled a new plan to roll back limits President Obama had placed in 2015 on the controversial 1033 program, which provides local law enforcement agencies and even some campus and school police with surplus military gear. Obama issued an executive order to...
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Monday, June 08, 2015
Supreme Court Protects Abusers, Fails Victims - Again
The Supreme Court has a very mixed track record when it comes to protecting women. As a domestic violence advocate, Criminologist, and activist for a decade, I am deeply concerned that the U.S still fails to prioritize women’s safety. Given that globally more women ages 15-45 die from men’s...
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Your Abuse Is Not Appreciated
Much has been written in the last several weeks about men’s physical abuse of women. Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s videotaped knockout of his girlfriend and the initial two-game suspension he received from the NFL prompted both outrage and, of course, an outpouring of fan support for the abuser...
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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Lawmakers and School Officials: Stay out of Our Bodily Wastes
Why is it that the same conservatives who so desperately want “big government” out of our lives are at the same time so darn eager to have officials involved in our urination? Despite major studies showing that suspicion-less drug testing is not an effective means of identifying or deterring drug...
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Monday, December 02, 2013
The Importance of the Safe Schools Improvement Act
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) youth are among the most vulnerable to bullying and harassment, both in and out of schools. The Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) conducts a biennial National School Climate Survey in which they measure how frequently bullying of LGBT students occurs in schools and the responses to it. The 2011 survey includes responses from 8,584 students between the ages of 13 and 20. Students were from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and from 3,224 unique school districts.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Disagreement without the Hate
Disagreement is an essential component of a healthy relationship, a healthy workplace, and a healthy democracy. Much research documents the dangers of surrounding ourselves with so-called “yes men” who always concur. Workplace echo chambers stifle innovation and reify bad policy decisions. Disagreement stimulates creative thinking and prompts innovation.
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Monday, October 21, 2013
In Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
Last I heard, contracts negotiated between two consenting and capable parties are supposed to be binding, with repercussions if one party violates what has been agreed upon and codified into a legal document. That is, of course, unless it is the state entering into such agreements with indigenous peoples.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013
Oh, Florida, You Really Are the “Worst State”
In case you’ve been in a cave or on Mars, here’s the update: In response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, The Daily Show host John Oliver dubbed Florida “the worst state,” citing the state’s broken laws. As a Floridian for eight years, I say Oliver couldn’t be more right. Much attention has been paid to the state’s asinine Stand Your Ground law, which Oliver described as cut and pasted from 1880s Tombstone. That is just the start of it, however.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Imagine if We Were Number One
No, not number one in military spending (which we are). Not number one in incarceration rates (which we are as well). What if, instead of these things, the U.S. became hyper-focused on becoming the most peaceful nation on earth?
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Letting Murderers Go Free
Breaking News: In Florida, a murderer has made public his plans to kill three individuals in the next six weeks. If all goes according to his plan, Elmer Carroll will die on May 29th, William Van Poyk will die on June 12th, and Marshal Gore will die on June 24th.
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