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Abstinence-Only: Sexual Education in Arizona

By: Isabel Ranney  In Arizona, sex education is optional. Schools are not required to offer sex and/or HIV education and, if the school does have a program, parents have the right to opt out on behalf of their child [1]. If a school does offer sex education classes, it is statutorily restricted on the content … Continue reading Abstinence-Only: Sexual Education in Arizona

United States v. Carrillo-Lopez and the constitutionality of §1326 of the INA

By: Freeman Halle It is a criminal offense under 8 U.S.C §1326 for “removed aliens” - foreign nationals who have previously been denied admission, excluded, or removed – to reenter the United States, with limited exceptions.[1] Violations are punishable by fines, imprisonment up to two years, or both.[2] For those who were removed on account … Continue reading United States v. Carrillo-Lopez and the constitutionality of §1326 of the INA

American Indian Adoptees’ Mental Health in Non-Indian Homes

By: Brittany Habbart The crippling effects American Indian (AI) adoption has had on the Indian community forced Congress to take action and pass the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978.[1] Since then, ICWA has continued “to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and … Continue reading American Indian Adoptees’ Mental Health in Non-Indian Homes

The Myth of “Humane” Executions

By: Madison Benson The arguments against the death penalty are numerous and diverse. There are issues of race. For example, since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, 301 Black men have been executed for the murder of white victims, 178 Black men have been executed for the murder of Black victims, and 12 … Continue reading The Myth of “Humane” Executions

The Current State of State Election Laws

By: Lisa Rode Since the contentious election of 2020, state legislatures across the country have been proposing and passing an unprecedented number of election administration laws. The Brennan Center for Justice published a report in October that inventories and categorizes the laws enacted in 2021. According to the report, about nineteen states “have enacted 33 … Continue reading The Current State of State Election Laws