Innocent until proven guilty. It’s the backbone of the American legal system. It’s the heart of justice. Or at least, it’s supposed to be. It’s what we’re told, what we grow up hearing, what (supposedly) sets us apart from all the other “justice” systems in the world. Yet, when it comes to the … [Read more...] aboutPrivate Prisons & Drug Sentences: Good or Bad?
What is a domino effect? You line a box of dominoes up in a pattern, knock one down, and what happens? If you set the pieces up correctly, the one you knock down will hit the one behind it which will, in turn, hit the one behind it and this really cool and quick process of dominos falling one by one … [Read more...] aboutCognitive Behavioral Intervention vs. Prison
When we hear the term “drug offender,” we often think first of an unscrupulous and violent individual; a person so consumed by a substance that their behavior and actions become criminal. But this instant thought isn’t always the case. In fact, a great number of those finding themselves in legal … [Read more...] aboutPresident Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Aid Nonviolent Drug Offenders
Aaron is almost 19 and, like most 19-year-olds, loves movies, music, and games. As Aaron’s 19th birthday approaches, thoughts of cake, friends, and a slammin’ party dance in Aaron’s head. But unlike other almost-19-year-olds, Aaron won’t have a birthday because of incarceration for a drug related … [Read more...] aboutThe Benefits of Substance Abuse Treatment over Incarceration for Drug Use