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Restraining Young People in Custody for the Purposes of “Discipline” is Dangerous and illegal

Rebecca Joy Novell 2014/12/17

Earlier this year the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling unveiled plans for an £85 million secure young offender unit in Leicestershire which will open in 2017. The unit will hold 320 boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17 and its intention is to put “education at the heart of custody” and reduce re-offending…. Continue Reading »


The Care Act 2014 and What it Means for Prisoners in the UK

Vickie Harrison 2014/12/17

The British prison service is struggling to deal with an ageing and growing population. As it stands, the number of prisoners in the United Kingdom has increased by 20% in the last 12 years, and is now fast approaching 85,000. Higher crime rates combined with longer sentences mean that many inmates are reaching old age… Continue Reading »


Democrats Are In a Policy Funk

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2014/12/15

After losing the House in 2010 and now the Senate four years later, Democrats seem bereft of ideas about how to reconnect with the electorate. Democrats seem to have a grip on the White House and Hillary Clinton appears to be the odds on favorite going into 2016. Yet, with Republican policies blatantly favoring the… Continue Reading »


Grandparenting in a Changing Society

Alice Fisher 2014/12/15

I have been a grandmother for over 17 years. It is a role that I covet, yet circumstances in our constantly changing society present challenges that I could have never anticipated. As the mother of three sons, this is probably as good as any place to begin…being the grandmother-in-law. Not long after our first granddaughter was… Continue Reading »


The Purpose of Education in a Democratic Society

Dan Scratch 2014/12/12

The purpose of education in a democratic society is to instill the values of cooperation, fairness and justice into the hearts of our students. I would argue that these values are essential to maintaining and improving a functioning democracy in any country. In Canada, our democracy is in serious need of a shake up. We… Continue Reading »


Why I Can’t Breathe

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2014/12/11

In this age of personal responsibility and expressive individualism we are witnessing a rare expression of solidarity from athletes who generally avoid weighing in on social issues. I can’t breathe were the chilling last words of Eric Garner who died at the hands of New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo. These words have become… Continue Reading »


The Underlying Racism and Inequality Behind Ferguson

Johnathan Davis 2014/12/08

It has taken a great amount of time for me to process what has happened over the past several weeks in our country with regards to the events in Ferguson, Missouri. As a result, one of the messages I heard recently has been resonating with me which is “when women succeed, America succeeds,” spoken by… Continue Reading »


Why the Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson Will Continue to Lead to Violence

Rebecca Joy Novell 2014/12/08

Everything I say below has been said before, but I want to make it clear that mine is yet another voice from outside of the United States added to the millions of others who are despairing about the events currently unfolding in America. There is a recurring dream I have where someone I trust betrays… Continue Reading »

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