Law Quarterly

The Legality of Venereal Diseases: To Protect or Be Served


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sexually transmitted diseases in the United States are on the rise, breaking 2016’s record with 2.3 million cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia diagnosed in 2017. This is in formation with what is now a four year-long steady increase of diagnosed STDs.[1] Before the 1970s, STDs were commonly referred to as ‘venereal disease’ or ‘VD’. The colloquial name change came with the destigmatization of casual sex, which subsequently resulted in an increase of individuals with such diseases. However, ‘disease’ does not accurately represent subclinical symptoms. Thus, sexually transmitted infections or ‘STIs’ became the more familiar term in the 1980s. STIs include genital herpes and trichomoniasis.[2] (more…)

Mass Incarceration to Drug Offences


Of the countless problems in the United States, the issue of marijuana arrests due to systematic racism has lingered agelessly. The United States has equal prosecution under the law. However, African Americans are incarcerated five times more than people of European descent, with African Americans and Hispanics taking up 56% of prison populations, despite only taking up 32% of the United States population (according to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). When people who hold twisted perspectives work in the position of in the position of law enforcement, they can actively decide who should be prosecuted and who may go off with just a warning.  (more…)