Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer

Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer By John W. Whitehead “Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes It used to be that if you…

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UK’s Private Prison System Has A Disturbing Track Record

UK’s Private Prison System Has A Disturbing Track Record By Georgina Milner 14 private prisons currently exist in the UK and the government seems set to follow the USA’s example and expand the system. It can be considered morally wrong to profit from the punishment of offenders, especially those who have committed non-violent crimes or turned to crime due to an inescapable cycle of poverty. The Howard League for Penal Reform conducted a poll which suggested half of the public would agree with this opinion, with 49% describing themselves as…

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California City Lays Down The Straw, Banning Use With Jail Time

California City Lays Down The Straw, Banning Use With Jail Time By Aaron Kesel A city in California has bizarrely passed a law that bans the distribution of or sale of plastic straws, with the harsh penalty of a business or employee giving them out being jail time. “The city of Santa Barbara has passed an ordinance that will allow restaurant employees to be punished with up to six months of jail time or a $1,000 fine for giving plastic straws to their customers,” said Katherine Timpf for the National Review. In…

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Why Indefinite Detention Is Un-American

Why Indefinite Detention Is Un-American By Stewart Jones June 15th, 2018, marked the 803 anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a monumental moment for the advancement of liberty. Due process and trial by jury remain to be some of the most important safeguards for freedom against tyrannical government. The Magna Carta or “Great Charter” was signed on June 15th, 1215, when rebellious barons forced King John of England to agree to the most basic natural rights of the people. This included the first substantial guarantee of the writ…

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Police State Defined—Man Facing Jail Time For Overdue $5 Movie Rental

Police State Defined—Man Facing Jail Time For Overdue $5 Movie Rental By Rachel Blevins Tulsa, OK – A man who never returned the copy of the movie Ted he rented for $5 from a local store in 2014 was contacted by police and threatened with jail time if he did not pay the hefty fine that has accumulated over the last four years. Lonnie Perry said he vaguely remembers renting the movie, watching it and then forgetting to return it—but he became homeless around that time, and he believes the…

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Wrongfully Imprisoned for 31 Years, and THIS is Considered Justice?

Wrongfully Imprisoned for 31 Years, and THIS is Considered Justice? By Joe Jarvis After spending over three decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, Lawrence McKinney was cleared of the charges in 2008 after DNA evidence was tested. It took another year for the government to release him from custody. They sent Lawrence out into a world he didn’t know. But they didn’t let him leave empty-handed. The government gave Lawrence McKinney $75. Seventy-five-dollars to start a new life after being wrongfully caged by government prosecutors all…

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