Guilty until proven wealthy

By Melissa Navarra, Business Manager “Innocent until proven guilty” is a core principle of the American justice system. However, on a given day, there are nearly half a million people being kept in U.S. jails pre-trial, despite the fact that they are legally innocent of the crimes with which they have been charged.  This is because of cash bail: a system created to ensure defendants return to court for their trial by requiring they pay a certain amount of money to be used as collateral. If they return to court, they will get their money back. If they fail to … Continue reading Guilty until proven wealthy

News in Brief

By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~ ISIS conducts multiple attacks on Kurdish forces in Iraq ISIS militants launched a series of attacks on Kurdish forces in Iraq on Oct. 20, according to Kurdish officials. ISIS conducted as many as 15 separate attacks in an effort to gain more territory in northern Iraq. On Oct. 19, the U.S. conducted an operation in which weapons, ammunition and medical supplies were dropped to assist Kurdish forces fighting ISIS militants in Kobani, a key town on the Syrian-Turkish border. Oscar Pistorius sentenced in murder trial South African Olympic athelete Oscar Pistorius was recently sentenced … Continue reading News in Brief

NKU professor speaks about prison justice

By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~ Northern Kentucky University Law Professor David Singleton visited Xavier on Feb. 24 to discuss mass incarceration and other flaws of the judicial system in Ohio. The event, sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement and the Multicultural, Gender and Women’s Center, offered a brief introduction to some of the limitations of the current prison system and what to do to counteract them. Singleton began by noting an upward trend in the number of people incarcerated.  He told his audience that there were 11,644 people incarcerated in Ohio in 1962.  Now there are 50,616. He … Continue reading NKU professor speaks about prison justice