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.
A man wearing marijuana-themed sunglasses chats on a phone at the first day of Hempfest, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) by Gene JohnsonAssociated Press Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands streamed into a Seattle waterfront park Friday for the opening of a three-day marijuana festival — an event that is part party, part protest and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington and Colorado last fall.