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Wildfires and a Pandemic: A Double Threat to Incarcerated Firefighters

By Evin Rothschild Published January 30, 2021

Recently, the news has focused on the raging wildfires in California, the carceral state of the country, and the COVID-19 pandemic. While these stand-alone problems are each detrimental in their own right, these three problems combined illustrate much of what is wrong with our country today: economic inequality, a mishandled pandemic, racial disparities, climate change, and issues within the criminal justice system.

At the Border: An Urgent Public Health Crisis

By Evin Rothschild Published October 22, 2019

Migrants detained at the US-Mexico border are faced with inhumane conditions and a perfect storm for a future influenza outbreak as cramped conditions, poor conditions, and no access to flu vaccines continue to afflict detainees.

Why do we still use solitary confinement so often?

By Evin Rothschild Published February 11, 2019

Even after multiple scientific studies have found that solitary confinement wrecks havoc on people’s emotional state, about 5% of prisoners are still kept in solitary confinement, often for years at a time. It’s time that the system used to isolate incarcerated individuals from the rest of the prison population changed to reflect both improvements in mental health access and a more unbiased due process procedure.

Get Your IUD Now: Trump's Change to the Birth Control Mandate

By Evin Rothschild Published November 15, 2018

The Trump administration has rolled out a new clarification on the Obama-era birth control mandate that was included in the Affordable Care Act. The nuanced history of who may abstain from the mandate and who is covered under the new rules can be misleading and the future consequences are unknown, but the broader implications of a religiously charged and intrusive rule concerning women’s health is ominous nonetheless.

Unarmed Against Gun Violence

By Evin Rothschild Published June 18, 2018

Even with clarification in the new spending bill stating the CDC can do research on gun violence, no money has been allocated for investigators to do this research. Without substantial data, no effective policy measure can be designed to combat gun violence in the United States.

Bioethical Implications of CRISPR Gene EditingBioethical Implications of CRISPR Gene Editing

By Evin Rothschild Published November 2, 2017

The development of the CRISPR gene editing system has allowed researchers to begin to investigate possible cures to genetic diseases in somatic cells of humans. Controversy ensues when determining whether editing of the germline cells should be allowed since it creates the possibility of choosing traits for your own baby.