See The Photos Of What Death Row Inmates Requested As Their Last Meals

If you had just one day left on earth, what would your last meal be?

Henry Hargreaves photographed what death row prisoners in America requested as their last meal in his “No Seconds” series, saying that his main goal was “to have the viewer identify with the prisoner though their meal request. I wanted the viewer to think of them as a person for a moment instead of them being anonymous.”

It’s interesting that Henry’s photography project doesn’t make a judgment of the prisoner’s crime, but rather humanizes the individual with a subtle glimpse of the prisoner’s character and personality.

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What Does The U.S. Have In Common With China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq?

Did you guess the death penalty? They say you can judge a person by his actions. If we condemn these other nations as barbaric and dangerous, what does that say about us?

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Guess Where The 'Most Dangerous' Place In The World Is To Be A Journalist

Riding motorcycles, chasing ambulances, and dodging death threats? No, it’s not the plot of a new crime thriller — it’s the real story of a fearless few in search of a story few others would try to tell.

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She Knocked On His Door Asking For Help — He Shot Her Dead. You Need To Know Who Renisha McBride Is.

What struck me in this video are the young boys that stand in silence looking solemnly on — their looks say so much more than anything that can be put into words. It’s as if they’ve heard and seen it all before, even in their own young lives.

There needs to be a huge public outcry to the devastating death of Renisha McBride.

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If You Compare Slavery To This, You Might Want To Take A Step Back And Reconsider Your Life Choices

The former president of the NRA needs to take a step back and just accept that she really is not Rosa Parks. At all.

At :25, she makes up some stuff. At 1:29, she tries to scare her listeners some more by suggesting that the government will oppress everyone and take ALL their guns (as though an assault weapon can protect you from the largest military defense system in the world 10 times over. Also,  she’s basically insinuating that our nation’s men and women in uniform are all potential traitors, but I digress.) And at 2:47, she compares the struggle to obtain equal rights for African-Americans back in the day to the plight of modern gun owners having their access to AR-15s slightly altered. Man, I wish I was making that up. But I’m not.

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What Age Is Too Young To Try Children As Adults In America? 14 States Have No Minimum Age.

America’s juvenile justice system is problematic enough. But when it involves young people and children — and while 14 states have no minimum age for trying children as adults — where do we draw the line? What age is *too young* to be jailed?

Watch the video below to see what you think.

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Why A Drug Arrest Is Not Like Other Arrests

David Simon is an author, journalist, and TV creator
(“The Wire,” “Treme,” “Homicide: Life on the Street”) who I respect more than almost
any other writer working today. He’s always honest and incredibly observant of
where the ethics of our society are headed. Here’s him speaking during a clip
from a PBS special about one of the saddest effects of the War on Drugs.

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We're Number One! We're Number One! Why, God, Why Are We Number One?!

You don’t get any votes for talking about over-incarceration, but we should. In these faltering economic times, can we afford to lock up millions of potential solutions and job creators?

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The Bizarre Connection Between Lead And Violent Crime Sounds Like A Conspiracy, But Totally Isn't

I was skeptical, too, at first. But you don’t need to wear a homemade tinfoil hat to find the correlation they talk about at 1:02 interesting, and the causation they talk about at 3:13 totally fascinating. If you still aren’t convinced, stick around through 6:10 for an explanation of what lead does to the brain that causes this sort of behavior.

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The Brilliant Dramatization Of The Trayvon Martin Killing That Every American Should Watch

“Stand your ground” laws don’t work. There has to be a better way.

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