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Drug Law Reform

Marijuana Legalization: The Big Tobacco Smokescreen

Jon Gettman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Jon Gettman

Big Marijuana already exists -- it's also called the Black Market. Public concern over a large, unregulated, socially irresponsible marijuana market is, and should be, argument number one in support of marijuana's legalization.

Rethinking Marijuana's Regulation

Jon Gettman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Jon Gettman

Marijuana's regulation in a legal market should be based on pragmatic consideration of the public interest rather than a revival of the misconceptions of the very policy it is intended to replace.

Saki Knafo

California Takes Overdue Stand Against 'Failed Drug Laws'

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

California lawmakers finally reformed a drug sentencing law that critics throughout the country long denounced as racist. The California Fair Sente...

Connecting the Dots: The Entire Criminal Justice System Is in Need of an Overhaul

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 10.21.2014 | Crime
Brooklyn Defender Services

We must use our consciousness of these egregious abuses to consider an overhaul of the criminal justice system at large. We must amend our discovery laws, add an expungement option, make exceptions to mandatory minimums and change our philosophy on pre-trial detention.

Congress Must Act to Finish Job on Criminal Justice Reform

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Attorney General Eric Holder's speech to the American Bar Association last Monday announcing critical reforms to the way the Department of Justice prosecutes and addresses drug crimes was historic and long overdue.

Colorado Senate Bill 250: A Net Reduction in Drug War Stupidity

Mike Krause | Posted 07.06.2013 | Denver
Mike Krause

SB 250 represents a net decrease in the stupidity of the drug war, and that is worthy of the broad support the bill has received.

A Discussion About Drug Policy Is Long Overdue

Maria McFarland | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Maria McFarland

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Of the many issues that national politicians routinely gloss over during campaign season, one they're least likely to touch -- and haven't, in any real way, since the 1980s -- is drug policy. But the country ignores the issue at its own peril.

Let's Hear It for the Governor... and Push Him Further

Howard Meitiner | Posted 10.10.2012 | New York
Howard Meitiner

New York is my adoptive home -- and on weeks like this, I'm proud to live in this state. On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo once again displayed great courage and leadership by tackling the sale and production of synthetic drugs.

The Despicable Act of Paying for Prisoners!

Russell Simmons | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Russell Simmons

This is a new America. An America that believes that drug addiction is a disease and not a crime. We will no longer subject ourselves to the old ways of destruction. We will fight for a fair justice system that uplifts our people from the drug war devastation of the past 39 years.

U.S. Drug Policies Are a Crime Against Humanity

Jared Moffat | Posted 05.09.2012 | College
Jared Moffat

For more than 40 years now, the war on drugs has failed in its mission. We are currently in the longest and most destructive war in American history, and yet no one seems to want to talk about it.

A Way Toward Balancing Government Budgets While Promoting Justice: Break Our Addiction to Incarceration

Vanita Gupta | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

The financial crisis has created an unprecedented "interest convergence" -- an opportunity to ally with unlikely allies to advocate for and enact reforms to stem prison growth and spending.

Justice Is Served

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Following much thought and careful deliberation, the United States Sentencing Commission took another step toward creating fairness in federal sentencing.

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Trigger-Happy Cops?

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Cops can be forgiven for believing a next armed attack is inevitable. But that's foolish and fatalistic thinking: Fearful, perpetually on-edge cops are a danger to themselves, and to others.