In an ongoing effort to make changes within our criminal justice system, the Obama administration has launched a new initiative to help those who are incarcerated turn their lives around. On Friday, the Department of Education announced that they will introduce the Second Chance Pell Pilot, which will allow inmates to receive Pell Grants so that they have a shot at furthering their education and joining the workforce. “As the President recently noted, for the money we currently spend on prison we could provide universal pre-k for every 3- and 4-year-old in America or double the salary of every high school teacher in the country,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a statement. “America is a nation of second chances. Giving people who have made mistakes in their lives a chance to get back on track and become contributing members of society is fundamental to who we are – it can also be a cost-saver for taxpayers.”
Autopsy Revealed for Homeless L.A. Man Shot by Cops
Earlier this year, Charly Leundeu Keunang, a 43-year-old homeless man, was shot and killed by Los Angeles police officers on Skid Row. Five months after his death, an autopsy report has been released. According to the results, Keunang’s death was ruled a homicide. Two shots hit his chest, two hit his torso area, and another two hit his left arm. The test also revealed that Keunang had methamphetamine in his system during the shooting. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck didn’t specifically address the situation, but he spoke about homelessness on Skid Row. “The combination of mental illness and drug abuse on skid row leads to multiple violent confrontations, and it appeared to have an impact on this confrontation,” he said. “It is a tragedy, and one of the things that makes addressing homelessness in Los Angeles so important.” Keunang’s death gained national attention after a bystander posted a video of the incident on social media. The LAPD’s investigation into Keunang’s death is ongoing. Read more.
Rewriting History? Changes To Be Made To AP U.S. History Curriculum
Many conservatives have spoken out about the content featured in the AP U.S. history curriculum, claiming the AP guidelines are not patriotic. After receiving backlash, the College Board will make changes. Some of the conservatives believe the curriculum highlights all of the negative things that happened in our country’s history, including violence against Native Americans and slavery. They also claim there is a lack of emphasis on World War II. Last year, presidential candidate Ben Carson said that after reading the books, people would be “ready to sign up for ISIS.” Texas recently changed its academic guidelines so that their textbooks leave out mention of the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws. Read more.
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