•           The United States is home to five percent of the world population, but twenty- five percent of the world’s prisoners. We keep more people behind bars than the top thirty-five European countries combin

    • Hello there,
      I’m glad you mentioned the war on drugs. In America, it is indeed a massive problem: the people using those drugs tend to just be a waste of space in prison, and don’t belong in there. They should either get help, or perish if they refuse to get treatment. As such, our incarceration rates are ridiculously high, and should be lowered.
      I also believe that we should rehabilitate people instead of putting them in for extensive terms. Punishment is good, but rehabilitation should be a part of the process.
      Thank you.


  • Throughout the process of creating my paper stage. I had so many questions were running through my mind, not knowing how to make characters, not knowing how to do a proper stage out of a shoebox, and make it

  • Quote: (Othello,iiii, ii,155-157) “Why should he call her whore? Who keeps her company/ What place? What time? What form? What likelihood?/ The Moor’s abused by some most villainous knave.” Emilia state

  • I strongly agree Shakespeare’s English is still relevant today. His words help readers to have more language understanding, that not only the contemporary language itself, but how stereotypes, racism, sexuality,

  • Othello. 4.1. 162-168. Bianca gets upset by Cassio giving her a handkerchief, which she knows it belongs to another woman.

    When performing a character’s tone and volume, first things first, we need to bring

  • To the YV community, this is my response to the Warm-Up for English class today. We are studying Shakespeare’s Othello and exploring the theme of appearance versus r

  • San commented on the post, Living In a world of Gangs 1 year ago

    Dear Paulina,
    In my opinion, every single individual, even gang members imagine a future that doesn’t include gangs. They get into crimes and criminal justice system without any institutional supports contribute to their lives. Lack of supports and attention at home, these teenagers seek to attain recognition for their activities, whether criminal…[Read more]

  • Dear Jimmy,
    I really enjoy reading your post “Drug Usage Committed by Teens.” It’s completely a reflection in our community, but teenagers are not only getting effects from their parents but also friends that sometimes they urge one another to try a drink or smoke something. It’s just a common for teens to start using a substance, while in the…[Read more]

  • Dear Youth Voices Community,
    My name is San Ly, a senior of Fremont High School.
    This is my current thesis statement:
    To prevent the growing of mass incarceration in the United States, the government should give

  • Dear Youth Voices Community,

    My name is San Ly, a senior at Fremont High School in Oakland

    The social inequity problem I am looking into is Mass Incarceration. The demographic group I am most focused on for this

    • San, this is such an important topic. I’m glad you are researching and writing about it.

      Here are some resources I would recommend:


      Criminal Justice Fact Sheet


      I look forward to reading more about what you learn.

    • I think that this is a massive issue in our society today, and I’m glad you are researching it. One thing I think you would be interested in is the iat (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html), a test that determines a person’s racial prejudice. I also think you would enjoy Psychology Today’s view on racism. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/colorstruck/201005/ending-racism-starts-accepting-bias)
      I think that this is definitely a project that can take you places, and ultimately a topic which can redefine our society for the better. I’ll be back to see what you end up discovering!

    • Hi San,
      This is such a big problem and I believe that one of the biggest reasons is the amount amount of prison time given for minor drug offenses. Minor drug offenses have been punished harshly in America and the biggest sufferers have been African American men. they make up such a large part of the American prison system because the laws for drugs besides marijuana are tilted against them. Cocaine, commonly associated with white people, carries a much shorter term for a second offense then does crack cocaine, which is often associated with African Americans.
      http://www.vocativ.com/underworld/drugs/crack-vs-coke-sentencing/ this article should help you understand this and include it in your essay.
      I look forward to seeing what you write on this subject.

    • San,
      This is a great subject, especially within the realm of social injustices. This topic fits into a lot of the bigger issues that we face today in the United States. I am interested because it wasn’t something that I had thought about before, and this led me to want and learn more about it. I went and found a website, which Karen provided, called Sentencing Project and it goes into detail about the the numbers as long as articles that fit in with your topic. On a publication from this website, http://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/color-of-justice-racial-and-ethnic-disparity-in-state-prisons/, it goes into the number of inmates, for each state, of different races. Here is one more resource from NAACP, http://www.naacp.org/criminal-justice-fact-sheet/, this goes into the trends of incarceration and race. It also covers some of the effects of the incarceration. This is such an important topic and I am glad that you are covering it, thank you and I hope to hear more about this from you in the future.

    • Hi San! this is a really interesting topic and I’m so glad someone picked it. I’ve never really thought in depth about mass incarceration and how this affects the society as a whole. I think that many people overlook the affects and have the mindset that if someone did something bad then they automatically should be put in jail. I think there are some situations where this is the case, but for most I don’t think so. Why did you choose to study African Americans? Why do you think that mass incarceration is a big issue among this group of people? I found an article that might be helpful. It talks about the mass incarceration of African Americans and how it has a big affect on the racial achievement gap. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/03/15/mass-incarceration-of-african-americans-affects-the-racial-achievement-gap-report/?utm_term=.34e4d9b4c161 I am very interested to see what you find on this topic. Good luck!

    • San,
      I found your post very interesting and one that is a n important issue to discuss. A question that I would like to bring up and may be influential in your research is, “What kinds of programs do we have to offer to rehabilitate most inmates especially those of younger ages? And how can we make these programs as affective as we can?” I agree with your point about the many unnecessary infractions people commit that causes them to receive life sentences. I found this link helpful because it described the irrational convictions and punishments made on juvenile delinquents such as life sentencing, https://www.hrw.org/report/2012/01/03/against-all-odds/prison-conditions-youth-offenders-serving-life-without-parole. Another link that may be useful to you is this https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/3559 as it helps with defining key terms and conditions of incarceration. I hope to see your next post.


    • Hi San,
      I’ve been working with a Utah State representative for almost a year on the topic of the school to prison pipeline, so this post is very relevant to my interests. Bringing light to the racial disproportionality in prisons, especially with young people, is essential in educating the public and inciting change. I found an article that was helpful in educating me on the STPP (https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/spring-2013/the-schooltoprison-pipeline) and I recommend that you check it out. Understanding mass incarceration starts at the root with the lack of aid in young people, given our VERY high prison return statistic in the US. Thanks for bringing such an important light to such an overlooked topic!

  • Dear Martin.
    I found your topic is very interesting saying how video games give a huge effect to human lives, especially Pokemon Go, but I think you should be more specific about how it gives influences to children and how you want Niantics to fix this problem.
    Personally, I don’t play Pokemon Go, but I realize this game also brings benefits to…[Read more]

  • Dear Hillary Clinton, the nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election:

    My name is San Ly, a senior at Fremont High School in Oakland.  I have been in the US for three years. I’m hoping for yo

    • Dear San,
      It is evidently past the time of the election, and I am sure that Trump’s victory was not what you had expected. LGBTQ+ rights movements resonate with me, because I still wonder why people’s gender identities and sexual orientations are such a big deal. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being straight, cisgender, or being LGBTQ+. Division will only make us weaker. I do not hate Donald Trump, because I still believe with a small portion of my heart that he can set things right. I definitely disagree with much that he’s done. I try wholeheartedly to understand things from his point of view, and I guess I do understand somewhat; but, I am an immigrant, like you, and am well aware that this country was built on immigration. Perhaps stricter laws can be enforced, perhaps another solution can be found, but inhibiting the entrance of immigrants is not the answer. These illegal immigrants have, many times, come illegally because remaining in their homelands until it was possible to immigrate legally was perilous. I urge Donald Trump to put himself in those immigrants’ shoes, and realize how it feels for these immigrants, after making this hazardous journey for the sakes of their families, to be sent back to danger. America is a beacon of hope for many (or at least, it was), and it is cruel to take this hope away.
      I have put myself in Trump’s shoes, and have realized that it would be difficult to cope with wave after wave of immigration. But denying immigrants access to the American Dream is not the answer! Trump still has over 3 and a half years to show the world that he can make things up for the people he has terribly offended. I have not yet lost hope.
      Thank you for writing this post! It intrigued me deeply, and I wonder what else you will write about in the near future.

  • Dear Tuan
    I am very enraged about the problem that you were focus on, “Zoo regulations and security.” because lack of responsibilities just killed Harambe.
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “If you really believe in the health and security of the people and the animals at the zoo, then you will add stricter regulation to preve…[Read more]

  • I read this article because this article is the topic that I chose for my senior project. This article gives multiples numbers showing the US Justice System keeps a lot of Americans behind the bars.

    One sentence

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