Pubdate: Sat, 20 Apr 2002
Source: Newsday (NY)
Copyright: 2002 Newsday Inc.
Author: Robert Sharpe

Bad Law

Sheryl McCarthy did an excellent job highlighting the absurdity of the 
Higher Education Act's denial of student loans to youths convicted of drug 
offenses ["Shouldn't We Try to Help Young Offenders?" Viewpoints, April 
11]. Instead of empowering at-risk students with a college degree, the law 
limits career opportunities and increases the likelihood that those 
affected will resort to crime.

Robert Sharpe

Editor's Note: The writer is program officer for the Lindesmith Center-Drug 
Policy Foundation. Washington, D.C.
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