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In November 2012 in Greenford, west London, 15 year olds Jiervon Bartlett and Nayed Hoque, who both had convictions for several previous violent crimes, mugged 85 year old partially sighted Paula Castle - an attack which led to the death of Mrs Castle, as she had received a serious head wound when the boys knocked her to the ground.
Neither of the boys have shown any remorse for this despicable crime, and have refused to apologise to the victim's family. The judge in the case sentenced them to six years in custody - BUT they will only have to serve half of that! So, as things stand, they will do only three years in jail for taking a life - that is unacceptable.
Judges need to have a governing body of at least 6 people to answer to for some of the sentences they hand out for crimes committed.
My suggestion is that if these judges can't hand down a punishment to fit the crime, they have to answer to this governing body, they get 1 chance and then are voted out and replaced.
This body should consist of 2 members of the public and a police officer of good reputation, a family member that has gone through the sorrow of losing someone and have had to go through the court system.
These judges answer to no one and it needs to change.
Human lives are terminated before birth every day.
Babies have a right to be born.
What if YOU were aborted?
This petition is about saving lives.
Californias New Prison Realignment and Granting Good Time Credits for Time Served. This new policy having to do with only people who have committed a crime or who have been sentenced from the year 2011 to present these people getting 50 percent good time credit for time served. Meaning day served for day credit.
The problem of this is people being sentenced from 2011 on not being punished for crimes they had committed, and being released on their own goodwill disregarding the seriousness of the crime recently committed. And not looking at Prisoners whom have paid at least portions of the debt to society and is unlikley to reoffend.
Believing that California should use the risk factor assessment tool that so many other states have used and have had successful results. This risk factor should be used on all prisoners not including murders or rapists. Prisoners who should be looked at should be first time offenders as an adult, Prisoners who have been imprisoned for more than 5 years, and things that should be taken into consideration is good behavior while being imprisoned etc. This would help determine if a Prisoners likely to reoffend.
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Total Nationwide K-12 Scholarship Vouchers for Every Child
+ New Benefit: K-12 Scholarship Voucher for Every Child to Attend the Private, Parochial, or Charter That We Parents Choose for Our Children and Even For Parents that Choose Homeschooling
+ New Benefit: Up to $200 Billion in Tax Savings - Competition - Quality - Vouchers Will Be Valued up to No More Than 75% of the Combined Local, State and Federal Costs to Send a Child to Respective Government Schools According to the Local Cost of Living - Thus Guaranteeing to Save Taxpayers 25% Over Current Government Costs or Up to $200 Billion Annually While Providing Superior Benefits to All Children and Families
Notes: Private & Charter Schools Average Only 75% and Parochial Schools Average Only 50% of the Average Cost To Send a Child to Our Broken Government Schools and in Many States the Private Alternative is even a Better Value at a Very Small Fraction of the Cost of Poorly Performing Highly Inefficient & Wasteful Government Schools
+ New Benefit: Superior Education - From K-10th Grades - All Children Will Be Taught an Advanced 21st Century Core Curriculum Via Cutting-Edge Methods Consisting of Math, Science, Citizenship, Business, Productivity & Office Software Programs, Entrepreneurship and Other Highly Demanded Subjects by the Current Job Market
+ New Benefit: Stages of Excellence - Upon Graduation from the 10th Grade Students Will Achieve the New Esteemed High School Milestone Known as the “Sophomore Certificate” - Then…
+ New Benefit: Advanced Career Training - All Children Will Earn an Associate, Trade, Business or Career School Degree During their 11th and 12th Grade Years According to Their Natural Talents and Abilities and Upon Graduation Our Young Adults Now Entering the Work Force Will Possess the Skills Demanded by the Modern High Tech Globally Competitive Job Market
Why is this so URGENT? Because millions of our children are forced to attend tens of thousands of FAILING Government Schools causing 30% or 1.2 Million annually to dropout. Our government schools fail to teach 65% of those that do graduate to read at the 12th Grade level and math and science results are just as dismal. This is causing overwhelming poverty, under and unemployment and it is bankrupting our welfare and ALL other social assistance programs.
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We will take your demands to the President, the Congress, all state governors and the media and WE WILL NOT STOP until we oblige our politicians to act on behalf of the American children to provide superior quality and safe education environments for all.
The death penalty has become time consuming, cost-inefficient and has had no clear effect on the deterrence of crime. In a time of economic recovery, the call to abolish a wasteful punishment is way past due.
It is time we stop allowing the government to put our budget in the death penalty and start putting it into education and health care.
CALLING EVERYBODY WHO IS INTERESTED IN SEEKING JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME!!!
If we want to remain safe in the future it is vital for a national compulsory DNA database, storing the profiles of every British citizen to be created. Giving police officers the freedom to fight crime back on our streets rather than in offices trying to look evidence, a compulsory national DNA database would help to deter many criminals from committing crimes; essentially leading to us all sleeping safer in our beds at night and being safe in the knowledge that crime is on the decrease in the United Kingdom.
BE PART IN THE REVOLUTION TO DECREASE CRIME IN THE UNITED KINGDOM NOW!
Head back to the streets of Los Angeles for the new, explosive season of Southland, the critically acclaimed drama series from Warner Bros. Television and Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing). Chronicling the lives of LAPD officers and detectives like no other series on television, this powerful, intensely emotional drama stars Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie, along with special guest star Lucy Liu.
Since premiering in 2009, Southland has redefined the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. The show centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop who will have to prove himself again after recovering from surgery; Officer Ben Sherman (McKenzie), who still has much to learn after recently completing his training rotation; Detective Lydia Adams (King), whose unending caseload hits closer to home; and Sammy Bryant (Hatosy), a former detective who decided to go back to being a uniform cop after the traumatic death of his partner.
Shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Southland captures a realistic, natural environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life. The series was created by Emmy winner Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue, Public Enemies) and is executive-produced by Emmy winners Christopher Chulack (ER, Third Watch) and John Wells. Chulack is also a primary director of the series, while Jonathan Lisco (The District) serves as executive producer and Andrew Stearn (Shameless, The West Wing) is co-executive producer.
Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the Human Trafficking Bill into law January 30, 2012, saying he hopes it will “put up the ‘Don’t Try It Here’ sign in Indiana” just in time for a game that Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says has a history of attracting increased activity in the commercial sex trade.
“Let’s hope that the law has a deterrent effect,” Daniels said, “and that these criminals will take their horrible business somewhere else.”
The law, which took effect immediately upon the governor affixing his signature, closes loopholes that have made it tougher for Indiana to prosecute those who have helped sell children into sexual slavery.
It also strikes a provision of state law that required prosecutors to prove that those who are accused of coercing children into sexual slavery used or threatened to use physical force to do so.
Advocates said it was the one step Indiana absolutely had to take before the game.
He know now the following statistics:
* Each year 1 million children are exploited by the commercial sex trade according to the U.S. Department of State, The Facts About Child Sex Tourism: 2005
* 100,000 to 293,000 U.S. children are in danger of becoming sexual commodities, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
* 12 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the U.S., according to The US Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
* 33% of a sample group of female commercial sex workers in Chicago began in the sex trade between the ages of 12 and 15, with 56% being 16 or younger according to an investigation conducted by Schiller DuCanto& Fleck Family Law Center.
With the Super Bowl comes this crime-sex trafficking
We ask the Commissioner of The National Football League "if your part of the problem, your against the solution" ! Be part of the solution and promote awareness of this global problem that follows the Super Bowl by advertising against the insidious crime that comes to large sporting events like the Super Bowl
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90 percent of child molesters are out of jail in under 6 years, and most will do it again.
These people are getting minimal sentences for a crime, that not only affects the child mentally, but physically, and not to mention the emotional damage it does to the families.
It's time we stop giving these monsters a slap on the wrists, and sending them rushing back into the playgrounds.
Drug related crime up 87% since the South African Narcotics Bureau was shut down in 2004.
During the year that S.A.N.A.B. was disbanded, the SAPS reported 62,689 drug related crimes (2003/2004) but that figure reflects an increase to over 117,172. And increasing every year!
Accordingly in 1996, one percent of South Africans were in treatment for heroin abuse while in 2008 those in treatment for this addiction increased between eight and 24%.
The number of South Africans in treatment for cocaine addiction increased from 1.5% in 1996 to 17.5% in 2008.
15% of South Africa's population had a drug problem.
The Central Drug Authority reporting to parliament states:
“That identified west African narcotics cartels a threat as they traffic drugs from Asia as well as Latin America particularly to Western Europe.
"The challenge for Africa is not to say no to drugs but to say no to organised crime,"
The threat drug use posed for the continent was that it promoted poverty, lack of opportunity and despair.
Organised crime, as the root of the drug problem, fuelled corruption, political instability; it emptied Africa of its wealth, impeded development and chased away foreign investment
Drug and alcohol abuse cost our economy R130 billion every year.
Research indicated high rates of substance abuse in South Africa; the use of drugs was twice the global average and South Africa was amongst the top 10 nations in alcohol consumption.
Central Drug Authority Substance use and abuse in South Africa a Summary:
South Africa’s drug problem was contextualized by a comparison with global trends. The statistics showed that the use of cannabis, cocaine, and Tik was twice as much in South Africa as worldwide.
Drug dealers targeted schools in particular.
Drug business was the second most profitable business in the world, after arms.
There are 235,777 problem users in South Africa. The direct costs of this drug problem to South Africa is R10 billion.
The government is encouraged to review harsher sentences; on convicted drug dealers with the possible deportation as drug dealers knew how to manipulate the legislation. It was possible that one could comply for a couple of weeks and then could be back on the streets.
“We deserve what we tolerate, if we ignore and tolerate drug dealing we encourage organised crime to destroy our Country and we don’t deserve that!”
Our Country has many heroes who fought for our democratic freedom, let us protect this precious victory and stop drug dealing – Bring back SANAB
Against Crime Together
One of the most serious threats to the U.S. criminal justice system is the allegation that racism influences the imposition of death sentences.
I propose an overhaul of the sentencing process, using the best technology available.
I believe that to more effectively prevent violent crimes in the United States there should be a mandatory death penalty on any severe violent crime, such as murder, rape, child molestation, attempted murder and armed robbery.
I believe that this would not only solve our overcrowded jails, but also severely deter violent crime.
Wellington has a very High crime rate, with break & enters, theft, assault and crimes associated with drugs and alcohol consumption.
We believe that increasing police numbers will reduce crime.
Nineteen years ago Nikki Allan, a seven-year-old girl, was murdered on Wear Garth estate in Sunderland. It was a crime of extreme brutality. Nikki's body was found in a derelict building - she had been battered over the head and stabbed 37 times. No one has ever been convicted of this most evil murder. The family need answers and the murderer must be caught !
George Heron, then 24, lived on the same estate, having moved in only weeks earlier with his sister. At first Heron denied knowing Nikki, but he admitted he did after witnesses came forward to say they had seen him with her on several occasions.
There was other evidence. The blade of a knife recovered from his lodgings matched the stab wounds. Blood splatters were found on Heron's shoe and other clothing. His sister told police that on returning home on the night of Nikki's murder, Heron had gone straight to the bathroom where, uncharacteristically, he spent "a good half hour" washing both himself and his clothes. Although Heron had at first denied going out that evening, four separate witnesses saw a man at the Boar's Head and Clarendon public houses fitting his description. The man was seen buying cheese-and-onion crisps - Nikki's favourite - which police believed the killer used to lure Nikki into the building where she died.
After three days of police questioning, Heron confessed to killing Nikki. He had previously denied it 120 times. The bulk of the evidence against him was circumstantial, but police and prosecutors maintained that several of the details in Heron's confession were corroborated by evidence gathered during the course of the inquiry. Police were confident of a conviction.
The trial opened in Leeds in October 1993. Community hatred towards Heron ran at fever pitch, making it difficult to guarantee a fair trial in Sunderland. The distance was no deterrent. Scores of local people, including Nikki's entire extended family, travelled daily to fill the public gallery and often had to be restrained from leaping into the dock to attack the defendant.
The judge in the case immediately identified a problem with the taped confessions. After two weeks of legal argument, he ruled that seven of the 12 interview tapes - thought by the Crown Prosecution Service to be crucial in proving the case - were inadmissible because officers had used "oppressive methods" to obtain the confession. After a six-week trial, the judge directed the jury to deliver a verdict of not guilty. Fighting broke out in the courtroom, Sharon passed out and several jury members were sobbing.
Heron was given a change of identity and moved out of Sunderland. Soon after the trial, his solicitor's office was firebombed. While Heron was in prison on remand, he was slashed across the face by an inmate and left badly scarred. Sharon was secretly invited into the prison to meet the inmate so she could thank him. "I was even sent letters from some of the jurors," says Sharon, "saying they would be haunted by Nikki's murder for the rest of their lives."
Everyday, hundreds of children and students face the terror of bullying due to their appearance, gender, physical strengths, religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. Many of them ended tragically in forms of suicide or self-infliction recently.
As an example, a 14-year old boy, Jamey Rodemeyer, killed himself after he has been repeatedly harassed and physically bullied at school because he participated in a video project “It will get better” for LGBT youths. Under what circumstances should he be subjected to such horrific treatment by his peer? Apparently his sexual orientation made him a target of bullying.
What is even more disturbing is that we seem to care more about fashion, celebrities, and politics more than these serious issues that cost lives of many young Americans. How can we even say “It will get better” without taking an action such as making bullying a crime? We, as fellow Americans, should take a stand against bullying. No one has to right to bully.
No one has the reason to be bullied. Let’s take an oath.
Rex Bellotti Junior, at the age of 15, was the victim of a disgusting injustice, committed by Albany officers of the Western Australian Police. It is amazing that he survived being run over by a WA Police 4WD, although he is now crippled for life. Rex Jr. nearly bled to death at the scene, due to a severed femoral artery, tissue was visibly ripped from his leg, and during the thirteen hour trip to provide him with the life saving surgery he so desperately needed, he had to be resuscitated twelve times and he will probably lose his leg.
That in itself is horrific enough, but what makes the Bellotti case all the more alarming is that despite the fact that four WA Police vehicles were on the scene within 90 seconds and there were at least twenty people who witnessed the crash or saw the aftermath, not one witness was interviewed until over a month later (once the media became involved). Out of all those officers present, not one can say what direction they arrived from, there are contradictions between WAPOL records of what time the 'incident' occurred, Rex Jr's location on the road, and not one of those four 2009 model police vehicles were fitted with CCTV or GPS despite that being standard WAPOL issue. The full horrid complexities of this case are appalling.
There has never been a genuine investigation, no compensation has been awarded to Rex Jr., and no criminal charges have been brought against those WA police officers driving the vehicle which hit Rex Jr. or those who have lied in legally binding documents.
The UK Disabled Community needs to send a clear and unequivocal message in one unified voice to call on the Coalition Government to see us all as equal members of society and not treat us as a tool to steal our disability benefits and services to bail out the Country in this time of Financial Crisis.
Can we set a precedence to get 1 million signatures so that the Coalition Government will have no option but to take note of us and not just ignore or deflect our arguments & comments and to stop building this climate of hate against disabled people.
Please leave a question for your Local MP to pose to the Coalition Government, which we will add to the Petition when we deliver it to No.10.
The crime rate in Singapore is one of the lowest in the world. They have a Crime Rate Per 100,000 population of 650. The United States alone has a Crime Rate Per 100,000 population of 4249.4, with the State of California ranking 15th in the country for highest crime rate.
Following a similar model that implements caning as punishment, as done in Singapore, is a better deterrent for criminals than the current system that is in place.
We are ever delving in to peoples personal lives, with data being stored in all kinds of physical and digital states; in an ever expanding list of places e.g. cyberspace, police, local authorities, banks, mobile phones.
But much of this stored data is an infringement of our right to a 'Private and Family Life' as indicated in the Human Rights Act.
Now as a parent I consider the 'Law' and the associated powers to be a stringent and essential part of our lives in dealing with crime and potential acts of crime. However a 'Police Caution' is not a 'Sentence' or 'Conviction' and thus should not be allowed to remain on Police records as it is not a 'Spent Crime'. But the retention of this 'Caution' can be pretty damning, similarly as points on our drivers licence has the same effect. But even those points are removed once the offence has been 'Spent'. So why is it then that the law permits a 'Caution' to remain for 99-100 years on police records?
A 'Police Caution' is just that - a 'Caution' and not a conviction, therefore it should not remain indefinitely but serve as a deterrent for a prescribed amount of time e.g. four years.
We are a small community in NSW but we have a very high crime rate.
Our police services are limited and are not available 24hours to respond to incidents. Often we must rely on backup from other towns.
1. The Minister of Justice deleted from the records a number of active warrants in the summers of 2009 and 2010 but has failed to specify the exact nature of the offences or the number of cancelled warrants.
2. The Winnipeg Police Association has said that deleting warrants prevents police from solving dated crimes and could even affect cases in the future.
3. Deleting warrants sends the message to victims that crimes committed against them are not taken seriously by the Minister of Justice and the Provincial Government.
Elsick Development Company have announced that they need to plan a Travellers' Site in Newtonhill to meet their obligations to build Chapelton of Elsick.
Putting a Travellers Site in Newtonhill is the cheapest option and has the added benefit that Chapelton of Elsick will not have a Travellers Site in its boundaries.
42% of kids have been bullied while online. 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once.
35% of kids have been threatened online. Nearly 1 in 5 have had it happen more than once.
21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages.
Words hurt. And for every action there is a reaction. Having an anon option when asking a question on tumblr is just an easy way for bullies to get away with their hurtful ways. There is no need for an anon option and most of the time all it provides is hurt and humiliation.
- Room 14 - a Foundation for Change: video introductions in the House of Commons
- Enforcement of Bank of England Act 1694 - as video introductions in a House of Lords meeting and as one-page summaries
- Victims Unite! - with Our Cases as Stories and our most recent House of Commons meetings.
Two outstanding stories have been turned into a book:
- Volume 1 of The Forensics of Legal Fraud covers the bankruptcy of Mr Ebert that was enforced without jurisdiction by falsifying documents. The book has been downloaded over 2,000 times and led to the creaion of Help for Litigants in Person .
- Volume 2 is another fraudulent bankruptcy, after the successful company of millionairess Paulette H Cooper was liquidated by white collar criminals who 'targeted' her with the aid of police, banks, courts, lawyers and Insolvency Practitioners.
Furthermore, thanks to our most popular petition to Free Norman Scarth, our online petitions have gathered nearly 6,000 signatures, next to 70,000 page views and remarkable comments illustrating the general dissatisfaction.
The global web movement AVAAZ demands "clean lists" (listas limpias) of politicians to be elected. We are appealing to the Justice and the Treasury Select Committees in the spirit of the Bank of England Act 1694. It was written with the intention NOT to oppress Their Majesties' subjects, but at the very latest, the financial "crisis" has made it apparent how dishonest money or the Money Scam create greed and corruption, most unfortunately also in "respectable" institutions and professions, resulting in exactly what was to be avoided: the serious oppression of Their Majesties' subjects.
When Council lawyers write their own "injunction orders", against "The Media & Others", with their own "terms of service", pretending they have had a hearing with an "independent" judge, they violate basic human and family rights and bloggers' Freedom of Expression and Information. The untold story of gagging orders, published by The Independent, reveals that 69 gags relate to celebrities and 264 to children and young adults.
When Law and Order have turned into Crime and Disorder, we need to appeal to the Lord Chancellor and the Business Minister who are very aware of our 'representative' cases.
When the Rule of Law has been replaced by the Rule of Money, our appeal has to go also to our elected politicians in the Justice and the Treasury Select Committee, to check on the unaccountable financial and legal industry aka HM Partnership, with a view to Financial Fairness for voters and taxpayers.
Victims do NOT have an effective remedy before national authorities nor do they have a chance for a fair trial. They are neither protected by this fundamental European Human Right nor by the Universal Declaration of the United Nations. Instead, they are fodder for the "mangle" of an adversarial system that milks the public purse.
The Secrecy of Family Courts should be lifted NOW!
Abolish the Ban on recording Court Proceedings
Stop the Oppression of the British People!
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My website has profiled over 9.000 UK paedophiles.
I am sick of hearing the excuses Paedophiles give for abusing our vulnerable and innocent children and I want society as a whole to stand up and show how disgusted we are.
Whatever the do-gooders and the well-meaning say, the sick desires of these people will NEVER go away and they will continue to do damage to our future generations.
If they have killed once, abused a child or viewed indecent images, they will do it again if they think they can get away with it – and they always believe they will. The re-offending rate of a convicted paedophile is estimated at around 70 %.
Which makes it even more bewildering to most police officers is that this type of criminal should ever be even considered for release.
And all the mental health professionals I have spoken to agree with me that paedophilia is one condition for which there is simply no reliable cure.
We, the undersigned, ask that the Government of Canada freeze, seize, and return the assets of the relatives of the ousted Tunisian president in Canada to Tunisia.
The family members of the deposed president, whose demonstrated criminality, fraud, corruption, and mafia-related activities have cost the Tunisian economy billions of dollars, should not be given refuge in Canada as they will abuse the country's generosity for criminal financial gain. We further request a thorough investigation into their financial operations in Canada.
We petition also that the Government of Canada extradite them to Tunisia to stand trial for the crimes they committed.
We Hereby Decree Our Requests:
(a) A full investigation by the Government of Canada into the financial operations of the relatives of the ousted Tunisian president in Canada.
(b) Freezing and seizing all their assets in Canada.
(c) Their extradition to Tunisia to be judged.
We, the undersigned, hereby attest that in signing this petition we have either fell victim to the family of ben Ali, or we represent an afflicted party other than ourselves who has been afflicted by ben Ali’s clan.
The City of Camden, New Jersey was once an integral part of this nations shipping and manufacturing industry. What was once a place full of production and progress has become the home of violence, drugs, criminals and a general sense of apathy.
Camden has been among the nation's most dangerous cities before recent days. Now, nearly half of our police force and a third of our firefighters are being laid off. How can anyone expect for us to survive an already impossibly dangerous environment with significantly fewer police officers? WE CAN'T!
We are urgently calling on the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, who could face death by hanging any of these following days for a murder he allegedly committed when he was 15 years old.
Mohammad Reza Haddadi was sentenced to death in 2004 for the murder of Mohammad Bagher. He confessed the killing initially but during the trial he retracted it and said he’d made it because his two co-accused would have given his family money if he had done so. Mohammad then denied having taken part in the murder, and there are reports of his co-defendants supporting his claims of innocence and withdrawing their testimony implicating him in murder.
Mohammad Reza Haddadi’s family was told by judicial officials (04-07-2010) that they should arrange a last visit to their son before his execution already organized for the day after at Adelabad prison in the city of Shiraz.
Despite this, his death sentence was confirmed by Iran's Supreme Court in July 2005. Since then, his execution has been scheduled several times.
This repeated threat of imminent execution hanging over Mohammad Reza Haddadi, is no less than a form of torture. The threat of execution must be lifted now, once and for all.
Mohammad Reza Haddadi must not be executed for a murder that he is alleged to have committed when only 15 years old.
The execution of juvenile offenders is prohibited under international law, including Article 6(5) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Iran is a state party.
Potential Institute Name Change - H.R.1348/S. 1101 - On March 6, 2007 , Representatives Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and John Sullivan (R-OK) introduced H.R.1348 to re-designate the National Institute on Drug Abuse as National Institute on Diseases of Addiction, and to re-designate the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as the National Institute on Alcohol Disorders and Health.
Similarly , on March 28, Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE), Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced S. 1101, the Recognizing Addiction as a Disease Act of 2007 , which would make the same changes. In a press release, Senator Biden said the intent of the legislation is to recognize addiction as a preventable and treatable neurobiological disease, and to better identify the roles and missions of our research institutes. "Addiction is a neurobiological disease - not a lifestyle choice - and it's about time we start treating it as such", said Sen. Biden. "We must lead by example and change the names of our federal research institutes to accurately reflect this reality. By changing the way we talk about addiction, we change the way people think about addiction, both of which are critical steps in getting past the social stigma too often associated with the disease. "
The House bill was referred to the health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee; the senate bill was marked up and passed by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on June 27 , 2007. The bill has been placed on the Senate calendar under General Orders. The bill is currently being "held" by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). He must release his hold if the bill is to receive full consideration in the Senate.; Exert taken from 2008 edition of N.I.D.A Publication.