Nevada’s high rate of intimate partner homicides is a moral outrage

[Trigger warning: domestic violence, violence, murder] The story of Phoukeo Dej-Oudom and her family is one you may have missed during all the recent events around #BlackLivesMatter, but Phoukeo’s story is one that deserves to be heard. In an all too common occurrence, Phoukeo and her three children were killed by Jason Dej-Oudom, her husband…

The justice backlog: Why are hundreds of thousands of rape kits gathering dust?

Trigger Warning: rape, violent crime Even as the Justice Department reports that our nation’s crime labs are processing more rape kits, there is a greater backlog than ever in analysis of potential evidence. Indeed, it is estimated that there are as many as 400,000 untested kits sitting in evidence storage all across the country. Considering…

Sex worker, brothel bust a mess

New details about the April 21 “Operation Doll House” raid and resulting arrests appeared in today’s RJ. As you probably know, 25 women were arrested in the bust. (And before I go any further, is it just me or is that name completely tacky and possibly racist? “Doll House” to name a 2-year sting operation…