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Private Prisons Prosper Under Trump

Photo–jurist.org Prisons for profit (5 billion dollar industry) love Pres. Trump. In August 2016, before Trump became our president and fired Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Yates stated that the Obama administration was beginning the elimination of private prisons for the federal government. Audits and studies had revealed that private prisons were not cost effective, […]

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ADDICTION TREATMENT & RECOVERY

The National Center for Health Statistics issued a preliminary report indicating more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016. The breakdown of this national calamity for 2016 is the following:  1.  Traditional opioid painkillers, such as OxyContin and Percocet, caused about 14,400 overdose deaths.  2. Non-methadone synthetic opioids ( i.e.fentanyl), were involved in more than 20,100 […]

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Trump Declares Opioid Emergency: Too Little!

Pres. Trump is declaring an opioid nationwide health emergency, but is not issuing a national disaster emergency ( i.e. hurricane Harvey). The difference is major, only the national disaster emergency designation allows for additional federal funding to fight the “Opiate Epidemic” sweeping our country. The National Center for Health Statistics issued a preliminary report indicating […]

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Trump, DACA Dreamers, Immigration & Private Prisons

President Trump issued an executive order directing immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) to locate and lockup undocumented immigrants. Ice’s new policy included imprisoning undocumented immigrants without a criminal record. During September, Attorney General Sessions ended the protection for Daca Dreamers. The dreamers are undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the United States as children–many were under […]

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If Mark Zuckerberg Really Wants to Help Reform!

Photo:Business Insider On August 1, the Tech insider reported that Mark Zuckerberg wants to spend his billions reforming education, housing, and criminal justice. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan has already made substantial investments in education, but their criminal justice initiatives are just beginning. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), has donated funds to Measures for […]

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O.J. Simpson’s Parole–Yes or No?

Photo–LA Times The parole hearing of the century will be decided this afternoon.A parole board will decide whether to grant O.J. Simpson parole. Parole is defined as: “The conditional release of a person convicted of a crime prior to the expiration of that person’s term of imprisonment, subject to both the supervision of the correctional […]

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17 & Life Without Parole!

Rick Wershe, known as “White Boy,”was sentenced at 17 to life without parole.He was Michigan’s longest incarcerated juvenile convicted of a nonviolent offense. He was found guilty of having 650 grams of cocaine in his possession. This was Wershe’s first offense. Wershe received this draconian sentence during the frenzied “War Against Drugs.” After Wershe served […]

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Feelings Don’t Kill, Drugs Do

By:Irving Schattner Psychotherapist in Private Practice at Counseling Center For Growth Feelings are separate from thoughts or beliefs. They describe our internal state of being and can project or become displaced onto others in one’s environment. Many people distinguish between “good or positive emotions” vs. “bad or negative emotions.” Positive emotions are attributed to people […]

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