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Contribute to Society / Think GloballyChoose three that you find interesting and personally relevant. In addition to watching the three videos, conduct your own research using the three news sources provided as resources. Your goal is to understand the different sides of the issue.Topics of Social Importance:American Justice SystemEducation ReformEnvironmental PreservationGlobal Food SystemMental HealthPolitical ReformPoverty and EntrepreneurshipFor each of the videos, explain:the social issue presented, what makes it a social issue and why it is significant to you personallythe point of view presented in the videoa different perspective on the same issue that you found through your researchyour own current perspective on the issue after having explored the topicAmerican Justice System: Bryan StevensonThe American Justice System video discussed race and poverty as a social issue. The point of viewpresented in the video is that black men are, in many ways, a negative focus and are more likely toend up in jail with little chance to change under the current judicial system. Majority incarceration in the United States is a civil rights issue. Incarceration dehumanizes poor people and minorities and damages already marginalized communities. There is a high percentage of black men in prison, jail, probation, or parole. Finances have an impact on African American men in the sense that money can shape their outcomes; however, those without money have less of a chance of not becoming a statistic. The emphasis needs to shift to preserving human rights and basic dignity while still enforcing the law. Review and reform taking note from those who have already reformed with positive results. [Stevenson, Bryan 2012]An alternative opinion is given, when President Trump took office, he signed into law a significantcriminal justice reform legislation in years. Trump decreed during his state of the Union speech that the bill reformed sentencing laws have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African American community. The First Step Act gives non-violent offenders the change to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. The act takes modest steps to alter the federal criminal justice system and ease punitive prison sentences at the Federal level. "The law takes several steps to ease mandatory minimum sentences under federal law. It eases a three-strikes rule so people with three or more convictions, including for drug offenses, automatically get 25 years instead of life. The law increases "good time credits" that inmates can earn. Inmates who avoid a disciplinary record can currently get credits of up to 47 days per year incarcerated.

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