I Had 96 Hours Of Court-Mandated Community Service, But The Punishment Didn't Reflect The Actions

I Had 96 Hours Of Court-Mandated Community Service, But The Punishment Didn't Reflect The Actions

I received my judgement — and I judged it.
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I feel like I can ask nearly any adult woman if they ever had a shoplifting phase when they were younger, and they would answer "yes" in a heartbeat. It's an odd rite of passage for female youth. You steal some lip gloss, then earrings, then a shirt. Your thievery gets more and more advanced — if you can go without getting caught.

Unfortunately, for me, I got caught... twice. This meant that I received a pretty harsh punishment the second time around.

Despite this delinquency, I would never say I fully got along with other delinquents. However, my probation got transferred from La Grande, Oregon to Clackamas, Oregon so I was looped in with Portland Metro hooligans. This was incredibly frustrating.

The people around me were typically there for reckless driving, possession, DUI, vandalism, etc. I didn't fit in with the crowd but I was stuck with them for 96 hours.

12 community service days.

For me, it was an interesting experience to see how the system attempts to keep you in the system. The people I raked leaves with chatted about their illegal endeavors. As we hacked down blackberry bushes, men and women made plans to link up after the eight-hour day. The county, and the way it punishes its people, was cursed by criminals. Relapses were romanticized. The whole energy of the van to and from the community service sites was that of mischief.

I felt like I had no business being roped in with that environment. Whether or not that is personally true for me is questionable. I did an illegal thing, why shouldn't I be connected with criminals?

The bigger question is if this is the best way to recuperate "criminals." Getting them out into the community, getting their hands dirty, and returning service to those they took from is a great thing, but we have to ask if we are perpetuating behaviors. I loved cleaning up city parks, creating pathways at Clackamas Community College, and munching on blackberries as I trimmed bushes, but I felt like we were so unsupervised that it was easy to miss the point. It was so easy to keep carrying on as usual. For most of those that I worked with, their "usual" is criminal behavior.

How can we fix this?

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I'm Sorry But I Just Don't Want Trump Supporters In My Life

To me political views are an insight into who a person is, so no I don't look past them when considering the people I want in my life.

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In being as outspoken as I am about my political affiliations, I often get asked questions that attempt to force me to admit that I don't always adhere to my ideals.

One of the most ridiculous (asked by one of my high school peers) was "would you ever date a conservative?" Of course, my immediate answer was definitely not, but it forced me to consider how the political views of the people in my life impact my relationships with them.

Of course, conservative affiliations exist on a large scale, with moderates being very different from Trump supporters, but at the end of the day, I just don't want Trump supporters in my life.

To me, being liberal or a Democrat is in part about having compassion for people other than yourself.

It's recognizing needs that exist among various identity groups, which might not be your own, and saying that these people deserve to have their needs met by governing institutions.

While I'm not a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I support their access to marriage, child adoption, and a whole host of other equal rights. I'm an upper-middle-class white woman, but I support policy that protects the rights of non-white Americans or of immigrants. I feel that as a human being I have a responsibility to help correct any injustices that exist, whether they pertain to myself or not.

The policies that make me so against Trump are contrary to this belief that you help everyone around you regardless of whether doing so helps yourself.

Things like the border wall, privileges for the wealthy, refusing to raise the minimum wage, refusing to make healthcare accessible for all, and infringing on women's reproductive rights all work to create a less free, less equal America.

Some of his policies would directly impact my life, some wouldn't, but I am against them nonetheless because I refuse to be a part of a country and government that denies its people basic human rights.

This concept even expands beyond Trump supporters. People who claim to be conservative in terms of economics but socially liberal also fail to recognize the entire point of liberalism.

To support everyone keeping their own money and not put any of it toward helping others, yet say that you support social equality is completely contradictory. If you support equality and care about the well-being of people outside of your own identity group, you would not continue to support conservative economic policy.

People who are informed about political issues and who care about others do not truly support Trump's policies.

It's a broad statement, I know, but Trump was elected on a platform of making other people's lives worse so a small group of people can be better off. Anyone who supports that agenda is simply not someone I want in my life.

It has nothing to do with only wanting to be surrounded by people who agree with me, and I gladly engage in conversation with people who have views contradictory to my own. However, when it comes down to people who I have close relationships with, I want to be surrounded by good and positive people who can see outside of their own lives enough to have compassion for those they don't know.

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Alabama’s Abortion Ban, Passed Into Law By 25 Men, Is Not Pro-Life — It’s Anti-Woman

We get it, you hate women.

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Several states across the country have decided that women aren't allowed to have basic human rights this week, making pregnancy mandatory.

In blatant attempts to get the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade with a more conservative court leaning, women are being thrown to the wolves and told that they aren't the deciders of their own bodies.

Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and now Missouri have decided to disregard the lives of their own citizens. Their "pro-life" near-total abortion bans and heartbeat bills go so far as to disregard even rape or incest exceptions, sparking outrage nationwide.

Doctors who perform these procedures could even face felony charges and receive 99 years in prison, according to the Alabama bill just recently signed into law. In Georgia, women who miscarriage could be investigated to see if they had responsibility.

These states have decided that the unborn have more rights than women. That a clump of cells has more of a right to life than I do.

The attack on women is even more fierce now than ever, and frankly, it's exhausting.

It's exhausting that, as a woman, I have to fight to convince legislators that I'm a human being deserving of rights, that my body and what happens to it should only be decided at my discretion. It's exhausting that women have to open up all of their wounds and fight battle after battle to try to keep the government from owning our bodies.

Think of this scenario: If I were to become pregnant with a baby that I couldn't support, I wouldn't have a choice. Motherhood would be required by law.

The father of that baby, however, has absolutely no legal responsibility to stay by my side. There's no law that makes fatherhood mandatory. Men still have control over their bodies, and they always have. They've never had to fight to gain the right to vote, to be treated as an equal. For me, though, my body and sexuality are policed and controlled by other people.

You're not pro-life if you don't care about the people already alive.

The people in poverty, the homeless, the racially discriminated against, the children in foster care. You're pro-fetus, pro-womb, pro-pregnancy. You care more about that baby when it's in a woman's body more than you do about its life and wellbeing after birth.

That's disgusting, and the men who decide they can make these decisions for women are disgusting.

State legislators have decided that their own agendas are more important than what the majority of the public actually wants.

They've decided that women don't matter to them, that women don't matter at all.

Even if instances of rape and incest were excused from the bans, a woman shouldn't have to be raped for you to agree that she has control over her own body and can make her own decisions.

If it's not your body, it's not your choice. Whether you're some small town guy who votes Republican just because his parents do or you're a United States Senator, it's not your choice.

These bills are outright attacks on women, non-binary people, and trans men everywhere. If you're really pro-life, you'll care about every single living person, not just a fetus. If you're really pro-life, you'll let women have basic human rights.

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