Unformatted text preview: social service programs. Firstly, although I agree with Hagedorn's support of social service job reform for low income urban youth, I feel that his article paints a romantic and slighted approach to the situation. Cocaine is a drug that is illegal for a reason. It has had a detrimental effect not only on public health but also on public safety. To allow certain “minority offenders” like “homeboys” alternative sentences invites our wall against this toxin to be chipped away. Standard sentencing maintains the idea that our society will not tolerate abuse of distribution laws. In addition, support for legislated sentencing guidelines, supports and backs our nations stance on the unacceptable nature of drug dealing. Hagedorn's softened approach toward one specific ethnographic group demonstrates an inequality in his logic. Laws are created by the people and enforced on ALL people in an unbiased and fair manner. In other words, special conditions do not apply....
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- Fall '07
- Illegal drug trade, adult gang members, Hagedorn, inner-city gang members, minority drug offenders, male adult gang