Posts Tagged ‘public policy’

Arizona: The Land of the Free or the Home of Bigotry?

May 4, 2010

by Anna Volovik

The inscription on the second floor of the Statue of liberty reads:

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Unfortunately, as these “tired and poor” settled in, they have forgotten where they came from. Almost 50 years since the Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech and two years into the first United States presidency by an African American, Arizona is trying to stem the achievements of human rights supporters. It is clear that Arizona does not want anyone’s “huddled masses,” “wretched refuse,” “homeless,” or “tempest-tossed,” no matter what they yearn for.


Rehab or Prison?

May 2, 2010

by Kristin Mitchell

The United States has a drug problem. There’s no denying it. About 6.8 million people in the U.S. are drug users. There are over two million prisoners in America’s prison system, and about one-fourth of them were convicted for a drug offense. We send more people to prison for drug charges than any other country in the world (Natarajan et al. 1). Out-of-prison rehabilitation and treatment for drug offenders provides better results than imprisonment. It is more cost-effective, reduces recidivism rates, and helps users control their addiction in healthy ways, allowing them to lead more productive lives and stay out of jail.