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Proposition 47: Better Safe than Sorry

By Sydney Lester Published November 9, 2014

Proposition 47 proposes that certain "nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes" be reduced in sentencing from felony to misdemeanor in California. Opponents note that the measure decreases the seriousness of some controversial crimes, but supporters maintain that the lasting effects of the proposition could prevent crimes of a more serious nature down the road. Despite strong arguments for both sides, when it comes to gateway crimes caution should be the top priority.

Sexual Assault Prevention Should Have Been "On Us" from the Start

By Sydney Lester Published October 21, 2014

Starting programs for sexual assault awareness and education for college students is not early enough. The stigma and perpetuation of rape culture can best be eliminated through long-term education starting as early as primary school.