In Washington, lawmakers are waking up to the realities of sex crimes across the United States. In the past year, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Amy Klobuchar have both introduced legislation focusing on the exploitation of young girls who are lured into prostitution, and then subjected to a justice system that treats them as criminals, not victims.
Far from Washington, such misjustice is the harsh reality faced by young girls in Alameda County. This misjustice is the focus of the Journal’s Spring 2014 cover story written by University of California, Berkeley Master of Social Welfare candidate Carly Devlin. Devlin, a practitioner who has worked directly on these issues, writes that the Bay Area is one of thirteen “high intensity” areas for child trafficking and sexual exploitation. She suggests an extensive set of policy alternatives to the status quo, proposing that jurisdictions help these children through the child welfare system instead of prosecuting them with the criminal justice system.
While it may be difficult to imagine a more pressing policy issue than the commercial sexual exploitation of children in our cities, the other articles in the Spring 2014 issue of PolicyMatters Journal address issues that are just as timely. In the Journal’s first feature, Erika Larsen discusses policy options to address the dearth of regulations to address the rapidly evolving industry of 3D printing.
We devote the next part of the Journal to two issue series: (1) poverty and food stamps and (2) electricity and climate change. On food stamps and poverty, Miranda Everitt first discusses the implications of California’s lifetime ban on individuals convicted of drug felons from receiving food stamp benefits. The second paper in this series, written by Peter Radu, examines the relationship between housing affordability and food stamp enrollment.
In our second issue series, we present two papers and a debate that offer innovative policy tools in the regulation and pricing of electricity to address climate change. Kate Daniel and Rachel Golden offer the first of these policies, time variant pricing, as a potential tool to reduce peak consumption of electricity. Next, we present our discussion with Professors Dan Kammen and Lee Friedman on whether universities should divest from fossil fuels. Last, Benjamin Mandel advances performance- based incentive regulations as a potential tool that regulators may use to reduce waste and improve the quality of service among electric utilities.
As the Journal’s new editors for 2014, we’re excited about our mission to disseminate relevant high-caliber research and translate policy issues to benefit California, the nation, and the world. The staff of PolicyMatters Journal is proud to produce a publication and host on-campus events which serve as a conduit for the insights of both Goldman School students and others in related fields across the country. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with our Faculty Board, editorial team, and writers—thank you for your work to make this journal excellent. Many thanks also to former editors, especially Shirin Panahandeh, Anna Scodel, and Leo Covis, as well as to Martha Chavez for her continuing support of PMJ. Lastly, we’d like to give a special recognition to the Executive Board—Wyatt Donnelly-Landolt, Allison Domicone, and Jonathan Peterson. Without your creativity and dedication, this journal would not be possible.
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REGULATING THE FUTURE
Three Dimensional Printing and the Law
From Juvenile Delinquency to the Child Welfare System: Responding to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Alameda County
FOOD AND POVERTY
Missed Meals and Missed Opportunities: Restoring CalFresh Eligibility to Former Drug Felons
Shock Waves from the Great Recession: Rental Prices and Food Stamp Enrollment in California, 2009-2012
ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Doing Your Laundry at 10 p.m.: How Time-Variant Pricing Can Improve California's Energy System
Kate Daniel and Rachel Golden
Should UC Berkeley and Other Universities Divest from Fossil Fuels?
A Conversation with Dr. Lee Friedman and Dr. Dan Kammen
Regulating U.S. Electric Utilities to Improve Energy Efficiency