Author explores education of prisoners

first_imgDaniel Karpowitz, the author of “College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration,” discussed the higher education of prison inmates on Wednesday afternoon in McKenna Hall. Karpowitz said the concept of college-in-prison programs, which aim to provide degrees to inmates while in prison, is representative of a much bigger idea.“College-in-prison awakens lurking doubts about whether anybody every truly changes — a question that lies at the heart of nearly all thinking not only about education, but also about democracy itself,” Karpowitz said in a reading from his book.Karpowitz said people are split on whether college-in-prison is in fact a positive development within the prison system.“The angry and resentful rejection of opportunity for people who have done bad is very common,” Karpowitz said.However, Karpowitz said the importance of college-in-prison is in part because the current prison system only claims to provide rehabilitation, but, in reality, it is a toxic environment for inmates.“All of the prisons I have entered strike me as places of waste that perpetuate and intensify both racial and class inequality,” Karpowitz said. “As a result, prisons, among the most important and pervasive public institutions of our age, undermine our democracy and do a disservice to the republic they are meant to serve.”Karpowitz, who also serves as the director of policy and academics for the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), said BPI offers incarcerated men and women the opportunity to better themselves and earn a college degree in prison, in an attempt to counteract the current prison system’s failings.“Nearly all of the students the college has engaged in prison are guilty of serious crimes — most of them violent crimes,” Karpowitz said. “On the other hand, I see most forms of punishment as unfortunate mirror-images of the violence to which they respond.”Karpowitz said the program aims to find incarcerated men and women whose high intelligence has never been fully nurtured.“The characteristic student will have dropped out and fled from school after the ninth grade,” Karpowitz said. “Our most accomplished students are typically the ones who fled school the earliest.”Karpowitz said the importance of a college degree to an incarcerated person cannot be overstated.“A degree is both a practical credential and a power symbol, especially to students who are the first in their family to go to college,” Karpowitz said, reading a passage from his book.This education gives the inmates a chance to learn and succeed, and once their sentences are finished, they are truly ready to contribute to society with what they have learned while incarcerated, Karpowitz said.“This is about the love of learning, this is about the celebration and manifestation of the liberal arts and this is about inclusive excellence in American education, which is a meritocracy,” Karpowitz said.Karpowitz said the significance of education is best summed up by the mother of Easy Waters, a former inmate who received his college degree in prison and is now an accomplished poet and novelist. Water’s mother was a very vocal supporter of her son’s education, even while he was incarcerated.“‘You can lose everything — possessions gained can always, always be taken away. But an education — nobody can ever take that from you,’” Karpowitz said, reading a quote from Water’s mother in his book.Tags: college in prison, education, prisonlast_img read more

Legal Roundup

first_img January 15, 2006 Regular News Legal Roundup Legal Roundup Nuremberg’s Legacy: The Florida Holocaust Museum recently opened its newest exhibit,Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg’s Legacy, which focuses on the two sets of trials that have become known as the Nuremberg Trials. The exhibition features the papers and books of Judge Harold L. Sebring, a judge at Nuremberg and former Florida Supreme Court justice and dean of Stetson University College of Law. For more information, contact Lauren Tarsi at (727) 820-0100, ext. 232. Diversity Fellow: Carlton Fields has selected Laurie-Ann Sharpe as its second diversity fellow. She joined the firm in the Tampa office in December. Recognizing the importance of providing access to the practice of law within a large firm environment for students who may have experienced socioeconomic or cultural barriers to legal education, Carlton Fields created the Diversity Fellowship Program at Stetson University College of Law. The program attracts students who have experienced barriers during their pursuit of a legal education and are interested in serving as a fellow with the firm. Victims of Crime: Rosenthal & Levy, recently made a $1,000 donation to the National Center for Victims of Crime and earmarked it for the Grass Roots Education and Training project. Operation Home Delivery: Last July, the Orlando firm of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier chose a Louisiana Cajun theme for its annual holiday party. Then in August, Hurricane Katrina struck. With a nod to the legendary resiliency of the Cajun culture, the firm decided to stick with its theme and use the occasion to support the Gulf region’s rebuilding efforts. Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) set the tone for the event with invited guests encouraged to bring a donation for Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Home Delivery. The friends of the firm responded, contributing nearly $7,000 for the program that is bringing homes to the hurricane-affected regions of the Gulf Coast. “New Orleans has survived fires, floods, yellow fever, cholera, and hurricanes during its 287-year history,” said partner Sam King. “After Katrina, we thought about changing our party theme, but instead decided to use the opportunity to celebrate the joie de vivre of the Louisiana people and aid in their recovery.” Greater Diversity: The Ruden McClosky firm has established the Ruden McClosky Diversity Scholarship to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to attend law school and to provide financial assistance to these students. The scholarship fund is open to second-year law students at most Florida law schools and at select out-of-state law schools for students who intend to practice in Florida. The fund is administered by The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. Annually, the Ruden McClosky Diversity Scholarship will award financial assistance to at least two second-year law students. Successful applicants will be granted an interview for Ruden McClosky’s summer associate internship program. Diversity Scholarship: Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs has launched a Diversity Scholarship Program. The firm will award $5,000 to help defray the education expenses of a minority first-year law student. The scholarship also will include a paid clerkship at one of the firm’s five office locations, including Miami, during the summer following the student’s first year of law school. Children First: Florida’s Children First, a statewide, nonprofit that fights for the legal rights of at-risk children, held its inaugural Youth FIRST training session recently in Deerfield Beach. Youth FIRST is an advocacy organization for those who have aged out of the foster care system and is based on the successful California Youth Connection Model to promote civic participation and political awareness for foster children. “The training session was a huge success and the youth who attended were amazing,” said Andrea Moore, FCF executive director. “I am in awe of their clarity and single-mindedness, coming together for the common purpose of educating policymakers about the successes and problems of the foster care system.” Jax ABOTA: The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates recently held it annual dinner, where the chapter’s Joe Milton presented the Judge of the Year Award to Judge Frederick B. Tygart. Chapter President Jep Barbour also presented the Lawyer of the Year Award to Victor M. Halbach, Jr. The chapter’s new officers for 2006 include President Tom Edwards, President-elect Grier Wells, Treasurer Charles Sorenson, and Secretary Mike O’Neal.last_img read more

Nunes offers tax-reform bill, credit unions exempted

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Senior House Ways and Means Committee member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., yesterday introduced his tax reform bill, which, as anticipated by NAFCU, leaves the credit union tax exemption intact.The bill, H.R. 4377, the “American Business Competitiveness Act,” would adopt reforms to “encourage businesses to invest and expand, make it much easier for Americans to open their own business, and kickstart growth throughout the entire U.S. economy,” Nunes said.Nunes’ legislation not only leaves credit unions’ tax exemption alone, but it specifically exempts credit unions to avoid any confusion. NAFCU is reviewing the tax reform bill for any other matters related to the credit union industry.“NAFCU thanks Rep. Nunes for his support of credit unions in his tax reform legislation,” said NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler. continue reading »last_img read more

How to steer new leaders in the right direction

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As leaders become more experienced with the ups and downs of managing people, it gets easier to spot those who have the potential to lead their own team – or company – one day. Instead of fearing the next generation that will replace you, do all you can to ensure they are capable of continuing, or improving upon, the legacy you are building today. Because even for those that have the raw talent and skills, being a great leader takes work. I know, I sound like a broken record. But this is a worthwhile fact that cannot be said enough.Leadership consultant Marlene Chism identified four common problem areas that new leaders often face. Here they are, along with tips to steer your protégés in the right direction:Aligning downward. Managing up is a difficult task; many of us fear confronting authority figures. New managers might find it uncomfortable to discuss concerns about a policy or strategy with the executive above them, so they instead commiserate with those below them. Create an environment where open, honest communication is welcomed – and expected – and look to provide mentors for young leaders so they have an outside perspective to help them hash out challenges.Avoiding difficult conversations. No one likes to be the bearer of bad news or the bad guy. While it’s important for leaders to create a positive culture, which often includes being liked and respected, that doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to toxic employees or situations. A clear employee handbook will set expectations for all employees and provide new leaders with the tools they need to address problems. continue reading »last_img read more

Suddenly, America’s trade deficit isn’t so bad after all

first_imgNothing real will be changing, of course.The same phones will still be sold, and the same intellectual property will be created.But it will look like a huge win for the Donald Trump administration, which pledged to cut trade deficits.A more substantive result concerns the changes in the global economy that took place during the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession. In the mid-2000s, as the U.S. trade deficit ballooned, many economists and commentators alleged that global imbalances were getting out of hand and were setting the country up for disaster.In net terms, U.S. consumers were borrowing from foreign countries in order to consume imports.Many predicted a devastating correction — and at first it seemed like the financial crisis and the Great Recession fulfilled that prophecy. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIt’s possible that more than half of the U.S.’s trade deficit is a mirage — an artifact of corporate shenanigans designed to avoid taxes.Official statistics say that the U.S. trade deficit is about 3 percent of gross domestic product — smaller than in the 2000s, but still historically large.  What does this mean for U.S. policy?First of all, it means the corporate tax cut just passed by Congress could dramatically shrink the reported trade deficit, while not actually changing real economic activity.The bill cuts the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, changing the U.S. from a high-tax country to a moderately taxed nation.A lower tax rate will tend to reduce the incentive for multinationals to engage in the kind of avoidance schemes described above.This effect will be partially canceled out by another feature of the tax reform — the shift from a worldwide corporate tax system to a territorial one, which increases the incentive to use tax havens.But if the effect of lower rates dominates, reported foreign investment income will shrink, and reported exports will rise, as companies report more profit to their U.S. branches and less to their foreign subsidiaries.TRUMP LOOKS GOOD More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes But a recent Goldman Sachs note about tax reform makes the startling claim that the real trade deficit is much smaller — less than 1.5 percent. TRADE DEFICIT DROPPEDIf that’s right, the trade deficit has shrunk by more than half since the early 2000s, and is now considerably smaller than it was in the 1980s.There’s even the possibility that this is a low estimate — drawing on a recent paper by economists Fatih Guvenen, Raymond Mataloni Jr., Dylan Rassier and Kim Ruhl, the Goldman Sachs team speculates that the true trade deficit could be as little as 25 percent of the reported number — i.e., less than 1 percent of GDP.The overstatement is the result of corporate profit-shifting.The U.S. corporate tax is paid based on where a company records its earnings.Consider a hypothetical company called NoahCorp, based in the U.S. but with an affiliate in low-tax Ireland.center_img If NoahCorp Ireland makes a profit, NoahCorp USA doesn’t have to pay taxes until the money gets repatriated to the U.S.In the meantime, that money can be used to make overseas investments, or held offshore until the U.S. grants a tax holiday.Here’s an example adapted from Guvenen et al.’s paper.Suppose that NoahCorp produces the NoahPhone, using research, design and branding done in the U.S., then sells it to people in Japan.Normally, the revenue from that sale would be counted in U.S. exports.But in order to avoid paying corporate tax on the profits from the sale, NoahCorp sells its patents and brands to NoahCorp Ireland for a pittance.It then declares that the profit from the Japanese phone sale actually goes to the Ireland subsidiary, not the U.S. parent company. But the U.S. trade deficit remained stubbornly high. This confounded those who had thought the imbalances were unsustainable.It also seemed to foretell another crisis, since it implied another big adjustment was inevitable.But the findings of the Goldman Sachs team, and of Guvenen et al., show that the imbalances smoothly adjusted — and happened on schedule.It was just covered up by massive tax avoidance.And that probably means that another big global rebalancing, with an attendant financial crisis, isn’t looming.Noah Smith is a Bloomberg View columnist. He was an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University. The parent then doesn’t have to pay U.S. corporate tax. And the phone sale doesn’t get counted in U.S. exports.Of course, at some point, NoahCorp shareholders in the U.S. will want the money from the sale.At that time, NoahCorp Ireland will transfer the money to NoahCorp USA, where it now gets taxed. But now the money is counted as investment income rather than export income, so it doesn’t subtract from the trade deficit.NUMBERS DECEIVINGThe result of all this profit-shifting is that the U.S. trade deficit seems wider than it really is, while U.S. income on foreign investments gets overstated.It looks like the U.S. is really bad at selling things overseas, but very good at choosing its foreign investments.For many years, pundits believed that wise U.S. investing was partially making up for uncompetitive manufacturing — now, it turns out that both of those stories might be different aspects of the same illusion.last_img read more

Liverpool fans turn the city red in celebration

first_imgFans turned the sky red with flares and fireworks and sang the club’s famous songs and chants, including the team’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.The celebrations also took over the city centre, with the Cunard Building, by the Pier Head, lit up in red for the night.Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday and the fans were not allowed in the stadium with all Premier League games since the restart being held behind closed doors.Cars were kept out of the area by police but supporters blared their horns in jubilation. Topics : “We have all waited so long, everyone who has been involved in the club, they had been desperate to bring the title home for the supporters,” former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports. “You see the scenes tonight.”The Liverpool players gathered at a local hotel and after watching the broadcast of the game from Stamford Bridge celebrated among themselves, away from the supporters.”We won’t tell you the exact location but we are all in a hotel together as a team,” said full back Andy Robertson.”We thought something hopefully special was going to happen and that’s how it turned out.” center_img Thousands of Liverpool fans celebrated their Premier League title win outside the club’s Anfield Stadium on Thursday as their 30 year wait for the league crown came to an end.Juergen Klopp’s side secured the title after second-placed Manchester City lost 2-1 to Chelsea in London meaning the Merseyside club could not be caught with a 23 point lead over City with seven games remaining.Despite social distancing rules and restrictions on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Liverpool supporters flooded to Anfield to show their joy at the team’s success.last_img read more

Drug convict sent to ‘super maximum security’ prison for producing ecstasy in hospital

first_img“The suspect argued that he was sick, but apparently he turned the hospital [room] into a factory. We conducted an investigation and raided his VVIP room after getting information from the public,” Heru said on Wednesday as quoted by Sawah Besar Police in Central Jakarta said its team first arrested another suspect, MW, 36, who had served as AU’s courier, and found 30 ecstasy pills.“From an interrogation, we found out MW is AU’s courier who often went [to the hospital]. There were several production tools they ordered online,” Sawah Besar Police chief Comr. Eliantoro Jalmaf said on Thursday.In the VVIP room, the police found evidence of ecstasy pills, dyes, a cell phone and ecstasy printing kits to turn powder into granules. A drug convict, identified only as AU, 42, is set to be detained in a “super maximum security” prison after being caught producing ecstasy pills in the VVIP room of a private hospital in Central Jakarta.Central Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Heru Novianto said AU was an inmate at the Salemba detention center who had been sentenced to 15 years for the possession of 15,000 ecstasy pills. He had only served two years.AU was under medical treatment at the hospital on a referral from the detention center as he regularly complained of stomach pain. Read also: Pandemic could put people at greater risks from illicit drug trade: UNODC“Our team is still investigating to identify the sales channels [for the drugs]. What is clear now is that [AU] sold the drugs for Rp 3 million [US$203] per package of 60 pills,” Eliantoro said.The police said AU had earned Rp 140 million from the business after over two months in the hospital.The Corrections Directorate General is set to transfer AU to the Nusakambangan maximum security prison in Central Java.“With security considerations, AU will be transferred [on Thursday] to a one-man cell under super maximum security at the Karanganyar prison in Nusakambangan,” said the directorate general’s spokesperson, Rika Aprianti.Heru said the police would investigate a number of prison guards in charge of overseeing AU and the nurses who delivered food and medicine to the VVIP room.AU and MW have been charged under multiple articles of the 2009 Narcotics Law and will get 20 years in prison if found guilty. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Commends House Passage of Rozzi Amendment

first_img September 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today praised the Pennsylvania House for agreeing to Rep. Mark Rozzi’s amendment to Senate Bill 261.“I thank all of the members in the bipartisan majority of the House that approved a pathway for justice for these victims in the court system,” Governor Wolf said. “This is a huge step forward for the abused and would reaffirm Pennsylvania’s role as a national leader in standing up for victims. I urge the entire General Assembly to do the right thing and advance these reforms to my desk.”center_img Governor Wolf Commends House Passage of Rozzi Amendmentlast_img

Inside mega mansion on the rental market at $6000 a week

first_img 67 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMr Farquhar’s leasing team recently rented out two residences on Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters for $3250 each per week and another property at 144 Tallebudgera Drive, Palm Beach for $2500 per week.“February and March are generally a quieter time every year for the rental market,” he said.“But it’s definitely moderate.“It’s not as busy as December and January is but it’s still quite strong.” “We’re confident we will lease it out in time to come,” Blake Farquhar, Kollosche director of property management, said.“It’s hard to put a time frame on it.”The house, which last sold for almost $5.5 million in 2017, features four levels of luxury living on a premier riverfront block at Paradise Waters. 67 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise. 67 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise. Top five most expensive rentals on the market 67 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise is on the rental market at $6000 per week.It’s more than 11 times the city’s median weekly rent but the leasing agent is confident of finding tenants for a southeast Queensland mega mansion on the rental market at a whopping $6000 a week.It is the most expensive rental currently on the Gold Coast market.center_img MORE NEWS: Bizarre way TV star scored dream Qld home 67 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise.It has all the modern conveniences expected of a high-end residence including a games room, media room, office, pool, spa, library and lift.The Gold Coast’s median weekly rent is $520 a week according to REA Group.Mr Farquhar said the high-end rental market was a niche market but one that was still in demand.“People come for a sea-change, it’s high-end network families where they don’t need to buy and are not after an investment,” he said.“They want the peace of mind that it’s going to be looked after and a property where everything is done for them.” MORE NEWS: Jaw-dropping asking price for vacant blocks 67 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters, $6000 per week16 Sunbrite Ave, Mermaid Beach, $4000 per week16 Eady Ave, Broadbeach Waters, $3200 per week2092 The Circle, Sanctuary Cove, $2800 per week2 Witt Ave, Carrara, $2800 per weeklast_img read more

Expro bags Breagh well testing deal with Ineos

first_imgOilfield services company Expro has been awarded a two-year contract to provide well testing services for Ineos on the Breagh field offshore the UK.Expro said on Tuesday that the company would provide testing services for at least three wells, including two new drills and one re-entry at the Breagh Alpha platform as part of the Southern North Sea (SNS) development program.The company added that the contract included an extension option for further two wells.The Breagh Alpha Platform is located on the Breagh field, the first field development project under Ineos operatorship in the UK, in the British part of the North Sea, 65 kilometres off the northeast coast of England.The operator, Ineos Breagh, holds 70 percent interest while the sole partner at the field is Oranje-Nassau Energie (ONE).Neil Sims, VP for Europe CIS region, said: “We are excited to be working with a new operator like Ineos Breagh and this contract signifies the commitment both companies have to the SNS area. The possibility of a further three wells shows the potential still remaining in the region.“As Expro provided testing services for other wells in the Breagh Alpha complex, we were uniquely positioned to offer specialist knowledge and insight to INEOS Breagh.”Mervyn Williams, supply chain manager at Ineos Breagh, added: “We saw in Expro a keen value proposition and a highly professional team that we are convinced will add genuine value to our Breagh Alpha drilling program.”last_img read more