When people who have lived in Terre Haute all their lives see corruption, their first response is commonly, "that's just the way it's always been." Many have heard Terre Haute called "sin city" or "terrible haute" more times than they can count. If you pair that with what seems to be a nearly total gridlock … Continue reading Can Terre Haute Change?
First time offenders in our community often get arrested for misdemeanors, and many of them have no connections within the criminal justice system or the money to pay for a lawyer. In Terre Haute, our local public defenders office (PDO) gets reimbursed by the state for each felony case their attorneys handle, as long as … Continue reading Something Stinks: Hidden Costs of Crime and Poverty
Originally posted August 15, 2018 Last night Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing stood before the County Council and presented newspaper articles from 1980 when an 80 bed jail was built, and 2001 when a 270 bed jail was built. He did this, not to prove how broken our justice system is, but to persuade our … Continue reading A Vision Barred
I think we can all agree that the problem with cancel culture is not one-sided. It’s not that conservatives never think people should be canceled or that liberals think everyone should be canceled. The real problem is that there’s no agreed upon standard. It wasn’t that long ago that the Dixie Chicks were canceled by … Continue reading Did Vigo County Get it Wrong?
As tensions regarding race grow throughout our nation, there is one question that seems to divide people more than any other. Does systemic racism exist? Most people are willing to admit that racism exists, but many struggle to believe that it still exists within the framework of the systems that govern our communities. I would … Continue reading Redlining Up Close: A Local Case of Systemic Racism