Welcome to the You Have the Right to Remain...Informed blog.  My name is L.J. Samuel.  I am a criminologist and author in Washington, D.C.  The purpose of this blog is to keep you informed about crime and justice issues in DC, nationally, and globally.  As the saying goes, 'knowledge is power.'  This is particularly true when it comes to your personal safety, awareness of procedural rules, and your legal rights. I have more than 10 years experience working in a major metropolitan police department so the information provided here will be fact filtered through first-hand experience.  This blog will feature fun, interesting, and thought provoking articles and posts in the area of crime and justice.  The goal is for readers to learn and expand their knowledge as you have the right to remain informed.