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Discretion and Discrimination: Civil Citations versus Arrests for Marijuana Possession

 

 

by: Regan Woodbury On June 30th, 2015 Miami-Dade commissioners voted “to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering—by issuing a citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal justice system.”[1] The measure passed by a 10-3 margin and allows for this arrest-alternative in possession […]

 

 

The Lies we tell Underprivileged Communities: The Façade of the Community Redevelopment Agency in the City of South Miami

 

 

by: Brittany Thomas Marshall Williamson is a neighborhood in within the City of South Miami. The area is named after Marshall Williamson, an early African-American settler of South Florida. [1] The neighborhood is one of the first African-American communities in South Florida and maintains the African-American heritage today. In 1997, after years of neglect, the […]

 

 

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The Opioid Crisis: Rural Communities Left Behind

 

 

by: Alexa Antin On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a National Public Health Emergency.[1] More than 90 Americans die each day from overdosing on opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.[2] Roughly 29% of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.[3] The economic burden of […]

 

 

“Spare Change?” Florida Appellate Court Vacates Homeless Man’s Conviction After Finding Miami’s Panhandling Law to be an Unconstitutional Restriction on the Right to Free Speech

 

 

by: Misael Chacon Homelessness affects us as a society.  At the peak of the great recession in 2007, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported roughly 671,000 people were homeless on a given night in January.[1]  According to the report over half of all homeless people were found in just a handful of […]

 

 

Collateral Consequences: What Happened to “Children are Our Future?”

 

 

by: Dina Lexine Sarver Kids will be kids. This well-known idiom reflects society’s view that we do not judge a youth and an adult in the same manner. In the context of criminal acts, even the Supreme Court of the United States acknowledges that juveniles must be treated differently than adults.[1] However, because most states […]

 

 

Congratulations to Our New Member Candidates!

 

 

Welcome and congratulations to our 2017-2018 member candidates: Alexander Alvarez Juanita Solis Dina Sarver Cecilia Criddle Alyssa D’Bazo Sara Ptachik Candelario Saldana Briseno Jacob Koffsky Oscar Campos Amanda Wydler Alexa Antin Thomas Voracek Misael Chacon Brenda Phang Adrienne Harreveld Juliee Conde We know that our new member candidates will make great contributions to the Race […]

 

 

Discretion and Discrimination: Civil Citations versus Arrests for Marijuana Possession

 

 

by: Regan Woodbury On June 30th, 2015 Miami-Dade commissioners voted “to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering—by issuing a citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal justice system.”[1] The measure passed by a 10-3 margin and allows for this arrest-alternative in possession […]

 

 

 

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