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Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

The abuse of inmates and prisoners by correctional staff has long been an under-reported and serious issue. Molestation, rape, and physical assault should not be part of anyone’s experience in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, the power dynamics of prison lend themselves toward abuse, and the career path of prison guard seems to be one sought […]

Inmates In Pennsylvania Prisons Will Finally Have Access to Books Again

Inmates In Pennsylvania Prisons Will Finally Have Access to Books Again

Incarceration is supposed to be a form of punishment, but it is also supposed to offer the opportunity for rehabilitation and reentry into society. For many individuals languishing in prison, books are there only form of escape. They can also be a form of enrichment, self-analysis, and self-improvement. Historically, prison libraries have provided people with […]

Michigan Legalizes Cannabis, Missouri and Utah Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

Michigan Legalizes Cannabis, Missouri and Utah Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

With an impressive voter turnout that may challenge previous midterm records, Michigan has officially passed its legalization ballot initiative. Proposition 1 will allow adults ages 21 or older who live in the state of Michigan to grow up to 12 cannabis plants in their own home. By December 6th, Michigan law enforcement will have to […]

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

One of the many reasons that people who support social justice want to move toward legal cannabis policies is because people of color have disproportionately born the burden of prohibition throughout the War on Drugs. In different states and cities, rates vary, but in general, individuals of Hispanic or African-American backgrounds are several times more […]

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

The Equality First Alliance has a primary focus of addressing the civil injustice that has resulted from the War on Drugs here in the United States. Here at Ladybud, we have previously covered many topics that examine the overlap between social justice and the War on Drugs. For example, people of color, as well as […]

How Dr. Bronner’s Is Helping Legalize Medical Psychedelic Use

How Dr. Bronner’s Is Helping Legalize Medical Psychedelic Use

Anyone who enjoys reading has probably spent more hours than they would like to admit in their shower, staring at the unusually laid out text that wraps around the bottles of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. The label features not only a list of uses for this amazing, natural soap but also what amounts to […]

Meet MAPS, the Organization Funding and Conducting Psychedelic Research

Meet MAPS, the Organization Funding and Conducting Psychedelic Research

Now that we have taken the time to highlight most of the banned substances with established and acknowledged mental health benefits, we’d like to spend the next few weeks discussing research and organizations that work with psychedelics. This week, we will start out by highlighting MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. MAPS is well-known […]

There’s Finally a Bill To End the Practice of Shackling Women Inmates in Labor

There’s Finally a Bill To End the Practice of Shackling Women Inmates in Labor

No one really wants to think about the realities of prison unless they have to go there or they know someone who has been incarcerated. For many women, time in jail has harsh implications that are different than those experienced by male inmates. Sexual assault by male prison workers and guards is a common threat […]

Federal Medical Cannabis Patient, Barbara Douglass, Passes Away at 62

Federal Medical Cannabis Patient, Barbara Douglass, Passes Away at 62

The federal government has spent decades trying to keep cannabis out of the hands of its citizens. The federal government has spent decades trying to keep cannabis out of the hands of it citizens. However, that hasn’t stopped them from securing a patent on the plants or conducting studies. In fact, the federal government actually […]

Woman Sexually Abused in Florida Prison Settles Lawsuit

Woman Sexually Abused in Florida Prison Settles Lawsuit

Prison is not meant to be an enjoyable experience. It is supposed to be a corrective one. Prison serves both as a form of punishment for those who have committed a crime and also a way of removing dangerous individuals from society. Unfortunately, while the law in the United States prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, […]