Tag: Drugs



An inside look at our rotten prison system

HARRY C. ALFORD (NNPA)—In the interest of full disclosure, I have a bachelor’s degree in Correctional Administration from the University of Wisconsin. During the summer of 1969, I did my required internship at the Wisconsin School for Girls in Oregon, Wis. These were underage offenders who were found guilty of petty crimes or “bad behavior.” My ambition was to change bad human behavior into honorable behavior. The curriculum I was reading promoted the best models of rehabilitation. I was so pumped but the internship showed me the reality of our system of corrections.



Who’s a victim of human sex trafficking?

Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute who now works as a peer specialist and counselor for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, speaks to female inmates at a meeting of Prostitution Anonymous at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Myers-Powell, who leads the group, says independence should be the goal. Early in the process, it’s good for the public to understand that victims are victims, she says. “But you can’t stay a victim forever,” she says. “At some point, you become a survivor.” (AP Photo/Martha Irvine) by Martha IrvineAP National Writer CICERO, Ill. (AP) — Cops in the Chicago area call it a “track,” a stretch of street known for its steady sex trade. Women in tight, scant clothing stand in high heels on street corners along an industrial strip in suburban Cicero. Customers, usually men, slow their cars and roll down a window.



Pittsburgh Justice Collaborative urges end to War on Drugs

City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Commander Rashall M. Brackney (Photo by Gail Manker) According to David Simon, creator of the television show “The Wire,” which portrayed drug culture in Baltimore, the War on Drugs is “a holocaust in slow motion.” This claim makes up part of the premise behind “The House I Live In,” a 2012 documentary film depicting how America’s drug policy has had a disproportionate impact on the poor and people of color.