Justice

The Justice section will focus on criminal justice news, prison reform, and mass incarceration related issues.

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    Social Movements Rise From Need

    After the election, I felt a sense of dread. This isn’t so much of a political statement as it is a sense that we just chose a colder and less compassionate way to deal with our nation’s citizens. What’s helping me pull out of this sense of disappointment is watching the human response. I remember […]

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    Since When Did Human Rights Become a Debate?

    There is a worrying trend in popular media, whereby “debate” and “free speech” are becoming synonymous with “listening to hate speech”. This is particularly true regarding two recent votes: for Britain to leave the European Union (Brexit) and for the United States voting for the new president. Some people have suggested that pro-equality activists are […]

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    Recognizing Police Misconduct in the U.S.

    In 1991, Rodney King was detected speeding down a Los Angeles freeway when he led police on high-speed car chase out of fear his probation violation would be revoked for a traffic violation. After pulling to the side of the road, the officers ordered King to exit his vehicle and when a Taser failed to […]

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    Working Full Time but Cannot Afford Food

    As a Wal-Mart employee in Tampa, Florida, David Alvarez was responsible for routinely throwing away food that was past its prime. After completing this task, Mr. Alvarez went home to a dinner of ramen noodles or peanut butter sandwiches, as he could not afford much more on his wage of $9.15 an hour. Although this […]

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    My Block, My Hood, My City Is Combining Social Justice with Service Learning

    Most youth have never traveled outside their own block or neighborhood. As a result, their worldviews are geographically bound and constricted by their neighborhoods. For youth who do not travel outside their neighborhood boundaries, their well-being, sense of self-efficacy, and educational and economic outcomes depend almost entirely on the neighborhood’s infrastructure, socio-economic, and resource characteristics. […]

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    Black and Blue: Injustice Is Battering Us All

    It is starting to feel like a domestic war is brewing. People are taking sides, dividing up into camps. Facebook has become a platform for digital conflict. The tensions among Americans and worldwide, actually are palpable. I recently witnessed an exchange on social media about social justice and how it was a copout. Nuance is […]

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    Journey through the Grief of Homelessness

    Subprime loans, adjustable rate mortgages, unregulated equity lines of credit, mentally ill, physically and verbally abused, veterans, runaway children, drug addicts, and prostitutes are all part of the collectively vulnerable voices journeying through the grief of homelessness. Homelessness is not prejudiced it crosses socio-economic, religious, educational, mental capacity, gender, veteran status, sexual preference and racial […]

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