How Booze Built America

“Booze is always shaping things, whether we like it or not!”  – Mike Rowe, host of How Booze Built America I doubt 400 years ago the first brewers and distillers thought that addiction would come to be such a problem – effecting 23.5 million nationwide today! But, let’s take a look back and see how […]

Mock Interviews…

I spent Friday morning conducting job interviews in a big warehouse – in an inside office with no windows. Sounds dull and not a whole lot of fun, doesn’t it? Well, the opposite is true…it was fantastic and an amazing experience! I interviewed 4 men – all were dressed very nice in a suit and […]

Food Insecurity…or Child Neglect

by James A. Bacon – – Blog Post: March 19, 2013 ~~ We read today in the Times-Dispatch about the trials and tribulations of one Ashley C. Williams, who recently tested positive for cocaine last month while awaiting trial in Richmond for the death of her two-year-old son. The boy died of starvation and […]

The Divide Between the State and Localities

If you have followed the media over the past few months, you probably have noticed the increased attention being paid to prison re-entry under the state correctional system, most often referred to the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Under the leadership of Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell and Secretary of Public Safety Marla Decker, great strides have […]

Tougher Sentences…Tough on Criminals or Tough on Tax Payers?

It’s no secret that lengths of jail/prison sentences have increased over the past couple decades. Many states have toughened sentences for certain types of offenders, implemented truth in sentencing regulations, or enacted three strikes and you’re out sentencing. But the question is, does increasing sentences work? And, if so, who does it work for? Let […]