Legal Cynicism and Race: Do Black Lives Really Matter?

Legal cynicism is a sociocultural or sociopolitical lens through which members of a community observe, perceive, and interpret their engagement with the legal system or, in this case, enforcement agents of the law. Regrettably, it appears that, too frequently, instead of stabilizing the issue, law enforcement adversely escalates the matter. Legal cynicism erodes the legitimacy […]

The Cost of Poverty: A Price We All Must Pay

Current research regarding the impact of economic distress continues to establish the relationship between chronic poverty and well-being, and elucidates the biological, physiological, and sociological, mechanisms behind the toxic association. The child pays the greatest price of the poor. Economic distress produces lifelong effects of childhood adversity and toxic stress. Given that racial and ethnic […]

Being McKinney: Legal Cynicism and Race

The McKinney, Texas, swimming pool incident exemplifies one of the many sources of legal cynicism among minority and poor communities in America. Legal cynicism is a sociocultural or sociopolitical lens through which members of a community observe, perceive, and interpret their engagement with the legal system or, in this case, enforcement agents of the law. […]

Frank Franklin II, PhD, JD

Politics of the Body and Criminalizing Pregnancy

Illicit drug use among pregnant women is an important public health issue in the U.S. Prenatal drug use is associated with adverse health consequences for the mother and the developing fetus. Compared to other illicit substances, cocaine is consistently associated with birth outcomes such as fetal growth. National estimates suggest that approximately 4% of pregnant […]