How new laws are preventing voters from casting their ballot
New laws restricting voting rights hit African Americans and the poor particularly hard. That, of course, is no coincidence.
Arresting development: The faith community should slow urban sprawl
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Full of surprises: Pope Benedict’s unexpected social justice legacy
Pope Benedict kept us guessing—especially on matters of social justice.
A mother's struggle with her son's incarceration
Luisa Borrego didn’t know much about the prison system before her son, at only 14 years old, was arrested after being in the back seat of a car during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. He was convicted of murder and now, at age 20, is serving a sentence of 50 years to life.
A model for justice: Restorative practices in New Zealand
Since it was first pioneered in the mid-1970s, restorative justice has been used in criminal justice cases throughout the world. But nowhere has the practice taken more of a hold—and shown more promising results—than New Zealand.
Truth and consequences: When crime victims and offenders meet
With U.S. incarceration rates at an unsustainable high, crime victims are taking the lead in an effort to rehabilitate offenders.
Caste off: The plight of Catholic Dalits in India
Catholic Dalits (untouchables) in India are divided over how to improve their lot.
Franklin Caesar Thomas and R. L. Francis both attend Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi. Though the two lay activists with similar backgrounds may be polite on Sundays, they don’t like each other.
A house divided: One Dalit Christian pastor’s family has diverging views on “reservations”
The Rev. John Yesunatha Das, a Pentecostal Pastor, calls himself "buffalo color"—black. Though his wife is Brahmin, their daughter Feba inherited his dark skin, a visible sign that he's a Dalit, or untouchable.
As a product of a mixed-caste marriage, Feba doesn't have a caste, but when the second-year honors history major started university, most the girls didn't speak to her because of the color of her skin.