Saturday Link Love: Dinosaur Bones, Social Workers, and Life in Prison

Saturday Link Love: Dinosaur Bones, Social Workers, and Life in Prison October 5, 2019

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier!

Mark Meadows and the Undisclosed Dinosaur Property, on The New Yorker—“In the spring of 2002, [Doug Phillips] co-organized a fossil-hunting expedition called the Dragon’s Den Dig, which was advertised to evangelical homeschoolers—attending the outing cost nine hundred and ninety-five dollars for adults and children older than ten.”

How to Take on America’s Screwed-Up Foster Care System and Win, on Vice—“A vastly disproportionate share of those kids and their families are black or brown, and the lawyers and their staff at places like CFR see themselves as part of a social justice movement to address that.”

Dear Mothers: We Can’t Keep Pretending This Is Working for Us, on Revolution from Home—“Explore your own self-worth. Ask yourself over and over and over: what would my children be deserving of if they were in my shoes?”

‘Do you ever think about me?’: the children sex tourists leave behind, on The Guardian—“David told Nely he would support the child if she would pay for a DNA test to prove paternity, though he also offered her money for an abortion. … But the cost – 14,800 pesos (£220) – was beyond her reach.”

Jailed for Life for Stealing a $159 Jacket? 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Crimes, on Democracy Now—“They’re the direct consequence of laws passed over the 40-year war on drugs and tough-on-crime policies that included mandatory minimum sentencing laws, habitual offender laws in the states.”

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