Criminal Intent at Pomona College

By: Jerry Yan, PO ’18 Two maxims are central to the practice of criminal law: “beyond a reasonable doubt” and “innocent until proven guilty.” Both have appeared in countless movies, TV shows, and news articles. A third concept, equally important but less ubiquitous, is that a person should only be punished if he or she…

America’s Wall: Immigration Policy in the US

By: Claire Gross, Pitzer ’18 An estimated 5,595 immigrants have died in their attempts to cross the US-Mexico borders since 1998, and deaths along the US-Mexican border has increased 27% in 2012. Additionally, the Border Patrol reported arresting 6,424 unaccompanied immigrant children and families in August 2014, compared to 9,790 this year, statistics that just…

The Scourge of Police Abuse in Chicago

Written by: Bailey Yellen, CMC ’16 On October 2, 2014, ex-police commander Jon Burge was released one year earlier from federal prison than his four and a half year sentence dictated. Burge oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men in the City of Chicago’s police custody, for which he was never prosecuted. The…