Potbelly Pigs, Portugal, pills, poverty and prison

POTBELLY PIGS:This is really just a terrible ploy to draw attention to my amazing Potbelly Pigs: Edgar & Esmeralda! Actually I just wanted to point out that they have saved me from certain doom and gloom over the last year! If it were not for having them it would have been much more difficult to get up for “addiction Tuesdays” at the same time as I was adjusting to “empty nest/nesting”!?!?

Portugal & Pills:

Seriously though, in 2001 Portugal decriminalized drugs…… Crazy right!?!? I’m sure many people thought this would create mass chaos! Well quite the opposite:

 

Which brings me to:Poverty & Prison:

I thought this article was brilliant! Then I started discussing it with my children who have certainly witnessed how lower socio economic status = prison after watching their brother be sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison yesterday! The states attorney and judge rambled off a list of unpaid fines and financially motivated non violent crimes claiming this was proof that he didn’t deserve to have probation reinstated over a technical violation. At any rate, my kids thought some may find the article offensive. I think they took the article to mean that they were discrediting the clear role that race places in the criminal justice system. However, in my mind it stated what I knew all along, that many people living in poverty are more likely to have trouble with the criminal justice system than those who don’t. Additionally, this still draws a clear connection to minorities because they are more likely to live in poverty due to barriers that are clearly racially motivated.

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