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Drug Crimes

Obama Shortens Dozens More Federal Drug Sentences. Many Would Have Died Behind Bars.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama on Friday granted commutations to 72 additional federal prisoners who had been given long sentences for drug cha...

Black Crime Rates: What Happens When Numbers Aren't Neutral

Kim Farbota | Posted 09.02.2016 | Crime
Kim Farbota

There is a common conservative narrative that the disproportionate incarceration of black people is not the result of systemic racism, but rather of shortcomings within the black community.This "fact" is used to justify a belief that a "culture of violence" is to blame for problems faced by black people in America.

Will Putting Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Behind Bars Accomplish Anything?

Stefanie Jones | Posted 05.28.2016 | Crime
Stefanie Jones

Friday, Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht will be sentenced. He faces the possibility of between 20 years to life behind bars because drugs were bought and sold on his website. But Silk Road's online marketplace actually reduced the harms of drugs in several key ways.

Matt Ferner

Indonesia Executed 8 Men For Nonviolent Drug Crimes, And The World Is Outraged | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.29.2015 | World

More than two dozen human rights organizations and criminal justice reform groups from around the globe joined together in a full-throated condemnatio...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Grants Clemency For Drug Offenders, Including Four Who Were Set To Die Behind Bars | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal drug defendants on Wednesday, including four who were set to die in feder...

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.

Daniel St. Hubert and Why the Criminal-Justice System Needs More Mental-Health Oversight

Adam Banner | Posted 08.27.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Can we force medication after an inmate's release without infringing on the person's right to refuse treatment? Should we make forced medication a condition of parole? If so, how do mental-health departments and corrections departments handle the logistics of ensuring that a parolee or released convict is getting the treatment and/or medication that he or she needs?

Instead of "One Size Fits All" Justice That Hurts Communities, Let's Get Smart on Crime

Kamala D. Harris | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Kamala D. Harris

I firmly believe there must be swift and certain consequences for all crime, but I also believe that the way our system deals with low-level, nonviolent and non-serious offenders wastes resources needed to fight more serious crime.

1,100 Religious Leaders Call For Reform In Federal Drug Cases

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

More than 1,100 religious leaders from 40 faith groups have endorsed a letter to Congress in support of a reform bill on federal drug cases. Faith ...

Federal Drug Sentencing Is About to Get Smarter: How the War on Drugs Is Changing

Steven Brill | Posted 06.02.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

The SSA is a clear message that the America's strategy in the War on Drugs is about to change its tactics.

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.

Physics Lab Tech Sentenced In Cocaine Case

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.16.2013 | Science

Man uses machine in science lab to make illicit substance. If that sounds like a pitch for the hit AMC television show Breaking Bad, it's also a p...

The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Despite an increased emphasis on treatment and prevention programs in recent years, the Obama administration in its 2013 budget still requ...

Old Man Allegedly High On Cocaine Flees Imaginary Croatians, Cops Say

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 06.27.2012 | Weird News

Cocaine is a hell of a drug. And it caused hell for Peter Bauer who, armed with a .38-caliber handgun, allegedly spent his Tuesday morning running ...

John Rudolf

Drug Sentencing Reforms Halt Decades of Prison Population Growth | John Rudolf | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In 1986, as the crack cocaine epidemic ravaged America's inner cities, a Democratic Congress passed legislation dictating harsh mandatory ...

GOP Candidate Weighs In On Political Power Of 'Pot Smokers'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

Former New Mexico Governor and GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson told Outside Magazine that legalizing marijuana was a popular political stance....

Has the Movement Opposing America's Drug War Broken Through to the Mainstream?

Jesse Levine | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

The 40th anniversary of the war on drugs became an opportunity for leaders from diverse backgrounds to emerge with the unified message that the drug war failed.

What's The Number One Reason For Arrest In New York City?

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The NYPD has been unkind to the possessors of 'kind bud'. Marijuana possession was the top reason for arrests in New York city in 2010, according t...

Report Shows Ugly Racial Disparity In Drug Convictions

The Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An African-American convicted of a low-level drug crime in Cook County is eight times more likely than his white counterpart to face prison time for i...

Where Have All the Black Men Gone?

Michelle Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michelle Alexander

Here's a hint for all those still scratching their heads about those missing black fathers: Look in prison.

Racial Shift In Drug-Crime Prisoners: More Whites And Fewer Blacks

Washington Post | Darryl Fears | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For the first time since crack cocaine sparked a war on drugs 20 years ago, the number of black Americans in state prisons for drug offenses has falle...