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Drug Arrests

The Sickening Use of Young People as Confidential Informants in the Drug War

Tony Newman | Posted 12.07.2016 | Crime
Tony Newman

There are so many sick aspects of the failed drug war, but law enforcement forcing people with a drug arrest to choose between a draconian prison sentence or becoming an informant is one of the most nauseating.

In 2014, Someone Was Arrested for Marijuana Every 45 Seconds

Amanda Reiman | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

Every 45 seconds, something that is the butt of jokes among well-fed politicians becomes a life-ending third strike for someone else.

Legislators Panic and Force Addiction Treatment

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 09.16.2016 | New York
Elaine Pawlowski

Making naloxone available with an attached condition during a life and death emergency is not only irresponsible and stigmatizing but cruel.

Make the Call -- Call 911 During an Overdose

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 08.17.2016 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Children loose playmates, parents lose friends, ties are broken and silence is the norm. These are the same individuals that hesitate to call when it happens to them. They do not want to believe that it could happen in their own home.

We Are People ­­-- Not Addicts, Criminals, Inmates, and Convicts

Jag Davies | Posted 12.21.2014 | Media
Jag Davies

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering other issues.

Arresting Developments: Marijuana Arrests on the Rise in 17 States

Jon Gettman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Crime
Jon Gettman

Despite marijuana's legalization in Colorado and Washington, forthcoming ballot measures in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., and rising support in the polls, marijuana's prohibition still remains a powerful force in much of the country.

How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

Tony Newman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" -- yet there has never been a "drug-free society" in the history of civilization.

Time to Make America Average When It Comes to Incarceration Rates

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime
Ethan Nadelmann

It's time to end the United States' exceptionalism when it comes to incarcerating its citizens. A groundbreaking report released yesterday documents the unprecedented and costly price of U.S. incarceration rates.

The Drug War = Mass Deportation: 250,000 Deported for Drug Offenses in Last 6 Years

Daniel Robelo | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Daniel Robelo

The drug war has increasingly become a war against migrant communities. It fuels racial profiling, border militarization, violence against immigrants, intrusive government surveillance and, especially, widespread detentions and deportations.

Here's Everything That's Wrong With The War On Drugs | Posted 01.21.2014 | Politics

Are we really better off with so many nonviolent drug offenders in prison?...

We Matter Too: Ending Racist Marijuana Arrests Must Remain Gov. Cuomo's Priority

Kassandra Frederique | Posted 03.10.2014 | New York
Kassandra Frederique

New York needs a permanent solution and New Yorkers need it now. Not only do we need a statewide fix, we need the solution to be more robust than even currently proposed.

Stop Sending Undercover Cops Into Our Schools to Entrap Our Kids on Drug Charges

Tony Newman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Crime
Tony Newman

Here we go again. Undercover cops pose as students, make friends, build trust, and then arrest teenagers for selling mostly small amounts of marijuana.

Colorado One Year Later: Thousands Not Arrested for Marijuana, Millions of Dollars Saved

Art Way | Posted 02.09.2014 | Denver
Art Way

One year ago, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order ratifying the overwhelming victory Amendment 64, the nation's first statewide vote to end marijuana prohibition.

Staggering Facts About America's War On Drugs | Posted 01.12.2014 | Politics

What does the statistic at 0:23 say about our criminal justice system's priorities?...

An Amnesty for Prisoners of the War on Drugs

Ernest Drucker | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Ernest Drucker

Reducing the length and frequency of drug-related incarceration going forward for new cases, however welcome, doesn't do anything about the large population of drug users already stuck in our prisons.

Holder's Proposal Is Insufficient: Congress Needs to Decriminalize Drugs

Carl L. Hart | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Carl L. Hart

Holder's remarks were unprecedented. No previous attorney general has even suggested that our drug policies might be wrong, let alone racist. The question before me is whether Holder's proposals amount to the needed radical change?

In Order to Address Racism, We Must Confront the Drug War

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices
Sharda Sekaran

From clothing to intoxicants, what is normal and innocuous in another context becomes sinister when associated with black men and boys.

Children of Incarcerated Parents Bear the Weight of the War on Drugs

Ifetayo Harvey | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Ifetayo Harvey

Growing up with an incarcerated parent can be tough. To ignore the impact of incarceration on the family is to ignore how the drug war continues to dismantle black and Latino communities.

Don't Fire Teachers for Private Marijuana Use

Amanda Reiman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Amanda Reiman

Every time a well-intentioned lawmaker adds another collateral sanction or lifetime punishment for a drug violation, they advance the New Jim Crow, and further arm the drug war.

Obama's Justice Department Is Sending More People of Color to Prison on Drug Charges

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

You would think that Eric Holder, the first African American Attorney General, and Barack Obama, the first African American President, would be vigilant that there was no racial discrimination in the Justice Department of their Administration. You would think.

Albany Leaders -- What About Black New Yorkers?

Rashad Robinson | Posted 08.14.2013 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

The targeting of Blacks and Latinos through biased law enforcement practices has split our state in half -- where the New York you live in depends on factors such as race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status

Alleged Fireworks Battle Between Frats Leads To Pot Bust

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 08.21.2012 | College

Two fraternities from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, were allegedly engaging in a fireworks "battle" -- which involved shooting the fireworks off t...

Watch Your Step: There Might Be a Needle on the Sidewalk

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 09.26.2012 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Given the state's current political climate, it's unlikely Florida will change its drug paraphernalia laws any time soon, which means the residents of inner city Miami will need to continue to watch their step.

John Rudolf

Florida Prisoners Serving 194 Percent More Time For Drugs Than In 1990s, Study Finds | John Rudolf | Posted 06.06.2012 | Crime

Florida inmates convicted of non-violent drug crimes spent 194 percent more time behind bars in 2009 than they did in 1990, costing the state billions...

Advocacy Groups Launch Campaign To End Marijuana Possession Arrests

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

A major coalition of advocacy groups is launching an effort to end New York's arrests of individuals for possessing small amounts of marijuana in publ...