By: Sophie Ordway In this time of mass incarceration and renewed focus on the carceral state, the Michigan prison system is in desperate need of profound transformation. Popular prison reform proposals address problems that contribute to mass incarceration, such as long sentences, prosecutorial discretion, the cash-bail system, and barriers to
Maternal Opioid Use and Medicaid: How Social Workers and Policymakers Should Support Mothers and Newborns
By: Courtney Morrison In 2014, approximately 32,000 babies were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a disease which is categorized by a set of medical problems a baby experiences when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics post birth. Medicaid covers 82% of the costs for all babies born with this syndrome.
By Justin Giannantonio East Africa’s Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater tropical lake in the world, is a valuable resource for people in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda for fishing, irrigation, drinking water, and transportation. In Uganda specifically, the lake is also a source of hydropower. Yet extreme, variable weather
By: Amanda Silvana Hosek Early supporters of the internet believed that it would be an equalizing global force. They believed that anyone, anywhere would have access to information at any time in order for ideas, knowledge, and human connection to flourish. However, without investment into open, uncensored, and cost-free universal
Professor John Ciorciari applies his regional expertise to foreign policy and humanitarian challenges facing Southeast Asia. Professor John Ciorciari is an Associate Professor and Director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Prior to joining the Ford School, Professor
By J’Taime Lyons Fifteen years ago, it was possible for male and female lawyers to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School and get hired with identical salaries. Now, the gap between the salaries of men and women lawyers continues to grow, requiring many female lawyers to alter their
By Diana McCaffrey Following accusations of an affair and the release of nude photos by her soon-to-be ex-husband, former Democratic Representative Katie Hill of California delivered a resignation speech detailing the thousands of threatening messages that drove her to resign. This past summer, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
By: Kalena Thomhave LATE LAST MONTH, the United Autoworkers (UAW) strike against General Motors (GM) ended after five weeks. Workers on the strike line took massive pay cuts, earning just $275 per week from the union in order to fight for a better contract. Since the strike began in mid-September
By Kevin Dupont On June 5, 2017, a coalition of Muslim-majority countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Bahrain, and Kuwait severed diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar, an unexpected move to even the most senior experts in the region. This piece will
By Jennifer Villavicencio, MD There is a U.S. public health policy crisis occurring that threatens the health and wellbeing of 74 million reproductive aged Americans and their families. It is a unique crisis that suffers from laser targeted attacks at the legislative and regulatory levels that fly in the face
By Andrew J. Hoffman We, in this country, are turning away from the values of democracy, and turning toward the logic of the market in our civic sphere. Importantly, many don’t know the difference, viewing capitalism and democracy as one and the same; this is a grave error.