Stories by Kristen Gwynne

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne subscribe to Kristen Gwynne's feed

Posted on: Jan 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A female officer grabbed a teen's genitals during a pat-down search and pulled, causing a testicle to rupture.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

AlterNet talks with Piper Kerman, whose personal story is behind the hit series on Netflix about serving time in America.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A judge rules that the NYPD's practice of stopping, questioning and frisking young black and Latino men violates the Fourth Amendment.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Oprah told Entertainment Tonight her "Pretty Woman" treatment is just one example of how she -- a high-powered woman -- experiences racism.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Swiss prison guards agree that marijuana use among inmates is a good thing.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Watch Gillibrand explain why urgent change is necessary to protect America's service members from each other.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A mother-of-four is fighting for benefits she says her family deserves, as her husband was working full-time when he died.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

An eerie coincidence in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

It is time for Child Protective Services to recognize that foster care is potentially more damaging to a child than a parent's marijuana use.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

In a hilarious segment about race, the two female correspondents examined the differences between white and black perceptions.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

When it comes to crack, racism leads to rampant misinformation.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A study of regions across the globe suggests climate change creates more than environmental problems.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Bill O'Reilly is worried about premarital pregnancies in Black America, and he has the solution, of course.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Watch Colbert mock the serial sexual harasser for his pathetic excuses.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Even some cops know that the war on drugs must end.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Another day, another huge setback for the Weiner campaign.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Oliver weighed in on Halliburton's role in covering up the BP oil spill—as well as the company's immunity from punishment.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The infamous campus cop claims to have suffered psychiatric injuries from his pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The latest example of why paid police informants are not always a good idea.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Last night on the Daily Show, Oliver brilliantly connected the board game's change-up to banks' apparent infallibility -- Goldman Sachs price-rigging included.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A strong, state-based regulatory system appears key to avoiding the crackdown.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The state's far-right legislature continues its radical agenda.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The young woman wished to remain anonymous, but Buzzfeed would rather drag her through the mud.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Is this America's scariest police chief?

Posted on: Jul 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The school is under federal investigation for failing to seriously address rape and sexual assault, and the allegations are devastating.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet

"Is there no limit to what and how this coalition government will privatise?” exclaimed former UK Health Minister.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

There's nothing like a racially-charged trial to bring racist apologia out of white folks.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Days after a jury found George Zimmerman innocent of murdering Trayvon Martin, another racially-charged murder trial begins.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Locals are responding with protests demanding answers.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Colbert was disappointed that, following the Zimmerman verdict, Black Americans did not live up to the media's violent expectations.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A researcher at Columbia University debunks some of George Zimmerman's attorneys' flawed logic.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Wiretapping has become a multi-million-dollar market, according to a new report.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Rumored replacements are NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and the notorious Bill Bratton.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Human Rights Watch says Snowden is asking for temporary political asylum in Russia, where he must stop leaking documents to be protected.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The North Carolina legislature is out of control.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Beginning July 2014, same-sex couples seeking marriage in the state can face serious time.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A new campaign aims to educate the public about PTSD and marijuana's potential to treat it.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Racists do not keep America's streets 'safe.'

Posted on: Jul 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Mega-retailer would rather dip out than pay up.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The retired marine could not lift his right arm above his head to comply with requests.

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