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OverCriminalized #3: Homelessness - Nowhere To Go But Jail?

It’s simple. Diversion programs work better than incarceration – for everyone. In cities like Seattle, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City, we see that successful solutions are a viable option to help end serious social problems. These services alter the course of people’s lives in a positive way and save taxpayers huge amounts of money. We cannot continue to isolate and imprison people who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, or homelessness. We must treat them with compassion and care to better serve our communities and our pocketbooks. It's time we got serious about pulling our money out of incarceration and putting it into systems that foster healthy communities. Hundreds of thousands of people are locked up not because of any dangerous behavior, but because of problems like mental illness, substance use disorders, and homelessness, which should be dealt with outside the criminal justice system. Services like drug treatment and affordable housing cost less and can have a better record of success. This summer, news stories from around the nation provided the American people with a litany of issues about how police officers respond to community members. By highlighting programs like Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), and Housing First, OverCriminalized explores the possibility of ending incarceration for millions of Americans who, through successful intervention programs, can put their lives back on track. See also:

 

OverCriminalized #1: Why Are We Using Prisons to Treat the Mentally Ill?

http://sco.lt/4l3HXt

 

Overcriminalized #2: Substance Abuse - The War On People

http://sco.lt/8mU133


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Many homeless people around the world, especially in Utah are being arrested for actions which aren't even criminal. For example some are being arrested for lying on a pathway or staying somewhere for too long which has a closmug time. This is extremely unfair for the homeless as jail is a place wherecriminals belong and just because the homeless do not have a house to live in or any money, they should not be put in jail. As a result of this, housing for homeless people has been built to keep people off the streets and make sure they are clean ofalcohol and drugs. They hope that by 2015 there will be no homeless people in Utah. 

 

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Homeless people need long-term treatment solutions, rather than just incarcerating them and then putting them back on the street. It is time to stop treating the homeless like criminals. Police have alternatives to incarceration that actually help people - and save money for taxpayers.

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Uganda tabloid names 'homosexuals'

Uganda tabloid names 'homosexuals' | A2 Ethics | Scoop.it
A Ugandan tabloid names the country's "200 top homosexuals", a day after President Yoweri Museveni signs into law a bill toughening penalties for gay people.
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Judge Says Drunk Teen Is Too Rich to Pay the Price for Killing Four People

Judge Says Drunk Teen Is Too Rich to Pay the Price for Killing Four People | A2 Ethics | Scoop.it
Citing a disease called "affluenza," the court found that the kid was too wealthy to understand the difference between good and bad.
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Useful for current take on environmental determinism

 

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Human Rights Commissioner condemns law passed in Nigeria on homosexuality

Human Rights Commissioner condemns law passed in Nigeria on homosexuality | A2 Ethics | Scoop.it
    Human Rights Commissioner condemns law passed in Nigeria on homosexuality   BERLIN, Germany, June 3, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – On 30 May 2013, the Nigerian House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to make same-sex...

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On what grounds could you agree (or disagree) with Nigerias policy?

Mill would classify such a law as impinging on individual freedom - 'over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign'. Similarly Bentham would say that what an individual does in the privacy of his own home has no bearing on anyone else. Indeed crinimalising a sexual action creates a social problem. Does this oversimplify the issue though? If family and children are the building blocks of stable society, what we do in the privacy of our own homes must also have a social dimension to it. A virtue ethicist would say that ALL actions effect the character of the person, for harm or for good - we can not divide between 'offenses against the self' and 'offenses against society' as Bentham tries to do.

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Walter Williams: Evidence about liberal, progressive vision examined - Delmarva Daily Times

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Walter Williams: Evidence about liberal, progressive vision examined
Delmarva Daily Times
According to “Earthbound,” a collection of essays on environmental ethics, William Aiken said: “Massive human diebacks would be good.
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Prince Charles saying he would wish to reincarnated as a killer virus to control human population? This article is an interesting comment on the darker side of deep ecology and the Gaia movement.

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COMMENTARY 882.5: There's No Such Thing as Business Ethics

COMMENTARY 882.5: There's No Such Thing as Business Ethics | A2 Ethics | Scoop.it
Some years ago, a senior executive at a Fortune 100 company objected when I asserted that corporations have an ethical, as well as a legal obligation to keep promises and honor their contracts.
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A return to virtue ethics?

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Circle of Hope church comes under fire for silencing gay congregants

Circle of Hope church comes under fire for silencing gay congregants | A2 Ethics | Scoop.it
Circle of Hope attracts members with its progressive image. But some attendees said the church's stance on gay issues made them...
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Homosexuality is an issue that is becoming less and less controversial as society becomes more diverse. However it is still seen as not the "norm" to be gay. Tom Daley recenelty reavealed he had an interest in men as well as women and within hours it was plastered across twitter, news sites and the televison. Society constantly claims to be accepting of all sexulaities but why is it still such a shock when someone comes out as gay? I think this church pastors actions were sly and prejudice. If they do not accpet homosexulaity becuause of their beliefs, nobdy should question that but the rule of love one another as you wish to be loved, i believe, comes above all. It is important that powerful organisations such as churches show appreciation to all races and sexualities to avoid discrimination in society.  The pastor should apologies for discriminating one of his congregation and fuelling societal prejudice.
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School's virtues-based program emphasizes business ethics | USA ...

School's virtues-based program emphasizes business ethics | USA ... | A2 Ethics | Scoop.it
In an effort to prevent the next Ponzi scheme or insider-trading scandal, Catholic University of America's new business school will integrate ethics and finance to mold students into moral corporate leaders.
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An interesting example of the re-emergence of virtue-based ethics within everyday life (business in this case). There is an increasing clear sense that a business ethic that simply requires compliance to regulations (by individuals without moral character) is leaving the economy and the business community in a mess.

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