4 Things Big Cities Can Do to Clean up Their “Bad Side” of Town

One of the most prevalent theories in creating safer neighborhoods is the “broken windows theory” which suggests that cleaner and nicer looking neighborhoods deter crime. It’s a notion that’s been integrated into modern policing, but promoting responsible behavior is something the whole community needs to take part in. Healthy communities require vigilance and civic pride. These four tips for promoting safer neighborhoods draw deeply from the broken windows policy.… [Read more]

Top 4 Degrees to Help You Build a Career in Politics and Government

Building a career in politics and government can be a very noble aim. Our country needs knowledgeable, skilled people who are willing to compromise and have the best interests of the nation and the people at heart. Here are the top four degrees to prepare you for the life of a public servant. 1. Political Science

Perhaps an obvious answer, but a political science degree continues to be a great choice for students wanting to be involved in government.… [Read more]

Water Worries: What’s Being Done to Help Residents in Flint, MI?

More than two years have passed since the water contamination problems in Flint, Michigan, first came to light. From neurotoxins to high lead levels, this drinking water issue will surely become a mandatory topic of research for college students who are pursuing a masters of in emergency management or even an environmental law degree.

With thousands of children exposed to dangerous lead levels, the Flint water crisis has been cited of an example of how poor city management can lead to a series of catastrophic failures.… [Read more]

Why Prison Overcrowding is Still a Problem and What’s Being Done

When a person is sentenced in court, there is a possibility they will go to prison, and many prisons in the country today are overcrowded. A government study showed that between 2006 and 2011, overcrowding affected all security levels in prisons. Inmates sleep on the floor, there isn’t enough food, and there aren’t enough guards to protect those who are incarcerated.… [Read more]

Why Voting Still Matters and Who’s Producing the Best Turnout

One of the more common excuses for not heading to the polls on Election Day is “my vote doesn’t count”. Many see voting as a waste of time that has no impact on anything that happens in terms of policy. And the large amounts of money flowing into campaigns these days does little to dissuade citizens of this notion.… [Read more]

Testing Overload: What’s Happening to America’s Public Schools?

You remember the stress all too well.  You can almost recreate the sense of dread you felt as you studied well into the night, and still feel the jitters of sitting in that hard wooden desk waiting for your teacher to hand you several sheets of paper filled with question after question. And now your child has to suffer through the same experience.… [Read more]

How is Immigration Reform Affecting the Polls?

Immigration reform has been a hot topic in the year leading up to the 2016 presidential elections. Every major presidential candidate has made explicit remarks regarding their stance on the issue of immigration and naturalization within the United States. Some have supported more openness in immigration policies, while others have appealed to the masses for a need to reduce immigration and make it more difficult to reach to US.… [Read more]

Bread Behind Bars: What’s Changing on Prison Menus?

Prisoners may be having more of an opportunity to eat healthier, thanks to a recent boom in prison gardens and a fight for better mental and physical health within the legal system. The initial idea of hardened criminals living it up on fresh fruits and vegetables may be uncomfortable, but keep in mind that one of the biggest populations of current prisoners are nonviolent prisoners arrested on drug charges.… [Read more]

Second Amendment: What are Your Real Rights?

In very recent history, an individual’s right to bear arms has become a hot topic of debate. The Second Amendment is commonly quoted in order to argue the individual’s rights, but when the Second Amendment was first conceptualized this individualistic rights approach was far from the contemporary interpretation. Originally the meaning behind the highly debated phrase was interpreted to apply strictly to those involved in militia service especially after the rebellion.… [Read more]

Government Agencies that Keep Us Safe from Cybercrime

Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats in our country today, notes the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to having a negative impact on consumer safety, cybercrime can hurt our economic prosperity.

Fortunately, a variety of government agencies are working hard to make sure to protect us from cybercrime. From local law enforcement to national organizations, steps are in place to protect us from online scammers.… [Read more]