September, 2015

Feeding the Homeless: The Criminalization of a Humanitarian Act

Many cities across the United States have implemented food-sharing bans and restrictions that impose fines up to thousands of dollars and possible jail time. These laws on food sharing have made it difficult for people to help those in need. According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, “there are more than 610,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in [the United States].” Giving food to these hundreds of thousands of […]

When the Mentally Ill and the Criminal Justice System Collide-The Result

In recent years, the mentally ill have once again begun to take over the prison population. They have become disproportionately represented in the prisons and jails throughout the United States. Police forces do not have the skills or training to know how to handle such persons. Therefore, when the mentally ill cross paths with the criminal justice system, the results are devastating. They are forced to live in a system that was not designed for […]