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Racism – It’s Traumatic for Everyone

Many aspects of how a person’s life will turn out are determined before he or she is born. Socioeconomic status of the parents, where the family lives, family dynamics, the ability to go to school and the academic rigor of the available schools all contribute to the experiences that a child will have growing up as well as experiences later as an adult. These are all factors that are possible to change whether for oneself or for future children, though it may take extraordinary effort and require overcoming great odds. There is one factor, though, that greatly shapes a person’s life experiences that can’t be...

President Trump’s War on Drugs

New York Times Best Selling Author, Don Winslow, firmly believes that President Trump would be making a mistake by revamping the War on Drugs. “After five decades of this war, drugs are cheaper, more plentiful and more potent than ever...The so-called War on Drugs quadrupled our prison population (overwhelmingly and disproportionately composed of minorities), handed out life sentences to nonviolent offenders, militarized our police forces, promoted the disgusting concept of for-profit prisons, shredded the Bill of Rights and cost taxpayers upward of a trillion dollars” (Winslow, 2017, n.p.). Many United States citizens think of the War on Drugs as one of the most catastrophic social...

Grand Rapids’ Grand Plan for Police and Community Relations

How do community members discuss big issues like policing? Grand Rapids, MI is beginning a “police and community relations” program that will include a series of community listening sessions to increase engagement of all citizens in this issue. The community outreach plan includes listening sessions which will be used to decide how the city will utilize $1 million per year to enrich the relationship between community members and the police in Grand Rapids. Described on the city’s website as an “ongoing, robust and authentic community outreach plan,” it will be led by a commission and will focus on recommendations made by the Safe Alliances for Everyone...

Discrimination and Public Safety Within the Cash-Bail System

In America, when a person is charged with a crime, they are sent to jail to await trial. The wait can last anywhere from days, weeks, or months. This often comes with a myriad of other problems. Jail has a very destabilizing effect, especially on low-risk people who are unable to afford bail. Even a short stay of pretrial detention comes with a number of other problems. It can cause people to lose their jobs, their homes, and their children. These individuals, who are presumed innocent under the law, and may in fact be innocent, are spending time in jail for a crime they...