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Michigan Criminal Justice Budgeting Issue

An online article reports that an average prisoner is spending more time behind bars in Michigan which only worsens the financial burden on taxpayers. While the national average is 2.9 years, an inmate in Michigan spends 4.3 years behind bars on the average, according to Pew Charitable Trust. The number is even greater for violent criminals at 7.6 years versus national average of 5 years. This is a worrisome trend for two main reasons. First of all, it is an unnecessary financial burden on states and the taxpayers. In addition, prison stints do little to reduce the probability of returning to life of crime, according to some experts (Campbell, 2013). I have chosen this article because Michigan has been hit hard by the financial crisis and has been faced with some of the highest unemployment figures in the nation. Given the current circumstances, it is unfortunate that the state is wasting money on keeping prisoners behind bar, a significant proportion of whom may be serving sentences for non-violent crimes such as drug offences. If this trend could be reversed, the freed-up resources could be invested in education and in providing job-related training to those looking for work.

The author seems to agree with the experts he interviewed for this article that much of this has been due to politics because it helps elected officials project tough image. One of the experts interviewed by the author for this article was Eric Lambert who is a professor of criminal justice at Wayne State University. Lambert drew attention to the fact that despite lengthy prison times, Michigan has one of the highest crime rates in the nation. The author also implies by pointing out to Pew’s report that Michigan should go the way of Illinois which has taken the opposite route and yet has succeeded in lowering the crime rate. Illinois reduced average prison time by about seven months to 1.7 years between 1990 and 2005 and saved almost $476 million in the process. The author also reminds us that many politicians are weary of tackling the issue anytime soon because the public also views severity of punishment as an effective means of deterring crime. The author also seems disappointed at the current trend of politicians going tough on criminals including those with non-violent offences but the author also realizes that without a change in public perceptions, it will be difficult to persuade politicians to change their course.

I agree with the author and the experts mentioned in the article that the current criminal justice system in Michigan is in a great need of reformation. But I also realize politicians often put their own interests in front of public interests, thus, one of the best solutions to reducing the financial burden on taxpayers may be to decriminalize drugs such as marijuana. The social costs marijuana imposes on the society are more similar to cigarettes than other harmful drugs such s heroin and marijuana users account for a significant proportion of nonviolent crimes in the nation. Not only this will lower the burden on Michigan’s criminal system but may also help the state create another valuable revenue stream in the form of tax receipts. In fact, some other states have already chosen this path including Vermont (Wing, 2013) and there is growing public support for decriminalization of marijuana. One another course of action that Michigan’s criminal justice system can pursue is to refer offenders to education and rehabilitation programs whenever possible except for the most violent crimes. This course of action may also be more effective in lowering the probability of return to life of crime than prison stints.

References

Campbell, K. (2013, April 26). Longer sentences fuel big budget for Michigan prisons. Retrieved June 13, 2013, from http://www.grbj.com/articles/76707-longer-sentences-fuel-big-budget-for-michigan-prisons

Wing, N. (2013, June 6). Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Signed Into Law, Reduces Penalties For Possession Up To An Ounce. Retrieved June 13, 2013, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/vermont-marijuana-decriminalization_n_3397266.html

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Travel

Introduction

Virtually everybody travels at various times in their life, and for an enormously wide range of reasons.  The word itself usually brings to mind recreation, or the desire and plan to go somewhere new for enjoyment purposes.  Even in this type of travel, however, it can be seen that the experience itself provides limitless opportunities because a change of environment creates changes in perspective.  New places, different people, and elements of unknown culture trigger responses in the individual which, even when relaxation is the goal, must have a strong effect on the individual’s ways of seeing and thinking.  Then, the mechanics of travel often challenge people, just as assessing the experience afterward adds other dimensions.  No matter the form or reasons, one factor is inevitably in place when people travel: in leaving their known environment, they are entering into others which will have many and diverse influences on them, but still have the effect of emphasizing the identity of the traveler.

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An Essay on Charles Lipson’s Doing Honest Work in College

Benefits:

As noted by the University of Chicago Press in its official review, some of the most important benefits related to Charles Lipson’s Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success includes the fact that this text has become an “integral part of academic integrity and first-year experience programs” for undergrad students in many U.S. colleges and universities. In addition, Lipson has written this text in such a way that all students will be able to understand it and then apply its principles “in all academic situations–from paper writing and independent research to study groups and lab work” (University of Chicago Press).

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Dreaming of a Bird

It is early in the morning, and Jaytech Johnson is standing in the graveyard again. The sun is just breaking the horizon; it is so early that there is barely enough light to read the letters on the tombstone. Jaytech leans down to place a single rose on the grave. He stands there for a while, not thinking, just staring at the flower. As the first stab of sunlight strikes the glossy headstone Jaytech wakes from his reverie, says a brief, silent payer, and heads to his car for the short drive back to his apartment. Once home arrives home, Jaytech thinks about eating breakfast. He is not hungry, but he eats anyway, finding some leftovers to warm in the microwave. He watches the plate spinning ‘round and ‘round as the food begins to bubble. Jaytech flops onto the couch in his living room, mechanically flipping through channels as he eats his meal. Back in the kitchen he washes up, the clank of his dishes and the shoosh of the water the only sounds that break the silence.

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Elie Saab

Elie Saab is in the business of meeting the luxury lifestyle needs of the female clientele. The company’s core product is helping clients preserve their social status through expensive and one-of-a-kind products that can only be afforded by high net worth individuals. Elie Saab’s actual products are primarily gowns though the company has lately branched into other product categories including accessories. The company’s augmented product is personalized customer service to haute couture clients, often involving the designer Elie Saab himself, customer satisfaction guarantee, and product warranties.

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Personal statement

To whom it may concern and the staff at Cal State University,

It was love at first sight when I saw my English teacher in the 7th grade. This foreign language she was so eloquently speaking astonished me. That was the first time I saw someone speak a language other than my native language- Arabic. The first I time I was introduced to English it was like music on my ears. I waited for English class every day with passion and excitement.

I still remember my gorgeous English teacher Sara; she was the one who made me love the English language. My teacher noticed how passionate I was and she was always supportive and encouraging- helping me when I struggled to grasp the English concepts of grammar and punctuation, something very different from my traditional writing. I remember when she gave me a critique on my writing- advising me to put more spaces between words so my writing would improve and be more emphatic.

I spent the whole summer trying to write the new words that I had just learned in my first two semesters that year. As other children played outside, I read grammar books and practiced my vocabulary. Next year in 8th grade there was a book fair in my school- the first thing that caught my eyes was an illustrated English dictionary. It was two hundred pages long. I purchased the book and finished it cover to cover in weeks, memorizing each word with passion till I finished it. Later in secondary school , when people would ask me what I planned on doing with my future, I would tell them definitively that I wanted to be an English teacher. I would say this to them with a huge smile on face, proud of the new language I had grasped. I graduated from high school to be enrolled in one of the top universities in Saudi Arabia- King Saud University; I had been accepted into their English program. I enjoyed every moment through my college study and graduated with a GPA of 3.2 which granted me a scholarship from my university to USA to pursue my masters degree in English.

When I was in King Saud University I was a volunteer teacher in an orphanage called Insan. I taught four girls from middle school and tried to help them with some difficulties they were facing with grasping English in school. One of the girls told me that she wanted to be a great translator and translate books from English to Arabic and vice versa.

Why I loved learning English is because learning another language not only expands a person’s knowledge, it expands the person’s horizon. It gives the person more choices to achieve their goals. Learning new languages is not just learning how to speak the language, but about learning about the people and the culture behind the language. Race, gender and other boundaries will dissolve when people from different cultures communicate as one.

To be an English teacher and help people to achieve their goals and through this learning they will be open minded and share with others their culture is a great value to motivate me to pursue my master in English. The United States is the leader in theoretical research of TESOL. While pursuing my master’s degree, I plan to study the process of students of other languages as they begin learning English, as well as how teachers deal with non-English speaking students. I am hoping through my education I can learn more about the culture as well as adapt strategies that can aid teachers who struggle in communicating with non-native English speaking students.

After I graduate from graduate school, I do have plans of furthering my education at Cal State University in San Bernadino- a university with an exceptional TESOL program for English teachers hoping to work with non-native English speaking students. I strongly hope that I will be accepted into their exceptional English program. I am excited about all the English language has taught me, but I am more excited about what I have to teach others about the language, as well as the culture.

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East India company

Post- colonialism

The East India Company (EIC), initially chartered as the Governor and Merchants ’ Company of London trading, was a joint- stock company in Britain formed to trade with the West Indies, although it later traded principally with the subcontinent of India, the province of north west and Baluchistan.

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The New Millennium’s Search for New Heroes

Introduction

            When the term ‘hero’ is heard, people tend to give meaning to it based on the time that they were raised and born to understand what heroism means. For instance, those who were born in the times when the World Wars were evidently affecting the society, it could be understood that their heroes depict the characteristics of soldiers or military men who ought to have brought about hope during the said era in the human history. On the other end, those who were born after the said era might be noted to have a great essence of seeing heroism to be based on the fantasy-defined conditions of being an extraordinary individual who is able to mandate his actions to provide what the society needs. Others might handle the perception on the matter based on a religious context practically following Christ’s example. However, it the way humans define heroism is based on its impact in the being of each person has affected the human community for many years. Media, being the most affective source of information has become one of the primary source of representation on understanding what heroism means to the human community within a specific era. In the discussion that follows, a definition of heroism and how it changed throughout the years shall be given particular attention to. This discussion shall be defined according to how the human society perceives the being of each hero as it influences their own being.

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Diesel. Burberry’s market position

Burberry is popular especially among the younger demographic. Its market position is so established that the company was able to receive contemporary design collection of the year award. The luxury brand is considered contemporary as well as classic. The CEO once remarked that they had reached a playing field as some of the greats. This meant that the brand was widely known already. The goal is to maintain the cachet and currency of the brand across its customers while expanding distribution and entry of new product categories. The brand recognized the presence of other brands hence they focused on a particular bracket and a particular price point.

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How might Pallasma’s ideas about how “[a]rchitecture [. . .] expresses and relates man’s [sic] being in the world” (284) help you reread Ahmed’s attempts to understand and accept the forces that shape her experience?

Question: How might Pallasma’s ideas about how “architecture [. . .] expresses and relates man’s [sic] being in the world” (284) help you reread Ahmed’s attempts to understand and accept the forces that shape her experience?

Introduction

Leila Ahmed, an Egyptian finds herself in a great dilemma when she is made to read the Arabic language in class but fails to do so in a perfect manner. The teacher is therefore frustrating her, with an assumption of being an Arab. Basically, Ahmed talks about the nature of the treatment that the Egyptians of her time got from the Arab nationalists. She narrates how they were forced into accepting and living with the ideologies of the Arab nationalists, which actually they knew so little about. The aim of this essay therefore is to investigate the way in which Pallasma ideology about architecture help understand Ahmed responses to the forces that she encountered during her time.

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Article review

Revising Strategies for EFL Students

The “Comparative Study of Three Revision Methods in EFL Writing is an article that compares three teaching methods when dealing with EFL students in particular. The three different methods compared were self-revision, peer revision, and teacher revision. In particular, the study paid attention to the overall quality of the work of writing, revision behavior, as well as the perception of the revisions by the students themselves.

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Personal Essay: A struggle that affects me emotionally, mentally, and physically

I remember the day as if it were yesterday. My mother and I were in the car on our way to a family member’s house- just like any other day. We were driving down the main road in my town when the car was t-boned by another car that had run a red light. Our Honda Accord was smashed to pieces in the middle of the intersection. My mother was bleeding and the front of the car had crashed on top of my legs- I couldn’t feel either leg, but at the same time, tremendous pain shot through my body, not to mention fear. I looked over at the car that hit us and it was just as demolished- the front of the car was smoking; honestly, I feared that one of the vehicles might combust.

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Being an Undocumented Immigrant

It is often said that the only natives in America are Native Indians and everyone else is an immigrant. This is why America is called the land of immigrants as well as the land of dreams because more people come here to start new life than any other country in the world. While America is still the most welcoming country when it comes to immigrants, the country cannot afford the open-border policy it might have had at one time during its history because even the richest countries face the economic problem of scarcity of resources. But human nature is such that it always looks for better economic opportunities even if it means bypassing laws. America’s economic prosperity proves too tempting for the individuals in developing countries that they do not even hesitate from entering the country illegally despite all the risks. For this very reason, there are probably more undocumented immigrants in America than any other country. I came to America as a child and have lived here all my life. Yet despite my work ethics and desire to benefit America through my education, I do not only face the stigma of being an undocumented resident but also that of female undocumented resident who face additional stereotypes. Undocumented residents are as American as anyone else because one’s love for country is not determined by passport.

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As it is in Heaven: Swedish Movie. Urban and Rural Planning Analysis

Introduction

            The movie As It is in Heaven is a 2004 film created by Kay Pollack and released in 2004 reflects the community that is residing in Sweden. Both the rural and the urban communities were represented accordingly through the settings used in the film. Considering this particular matter, the discussion that shall be presented in this paper shall try to explore the different conditions by which the director used the worth of the settings. Herein the value of  presenting urban and rural living in the story to better create meaning and distinction on how the lives of the people differ from each other based on the environment they thrive with shall be given particular attention to.