One of the more insidious issues surrounding America's War on Drugs has been the increasing criminalization of our children at a younger and younger age through the implementation of zero tolerance policies.
This Friday -- when we all start binge-watching Season 3 to find out what happens to Rosa -- keep in mind that the show misrepresents the real women's federal prison population. If Netflix is the closest you've gotten to women's federal prison, here are four things that you need to know.
When Americans think about the war on drugs, often images of violent men behind bars shape their understandings. This persistent picture obscures the true realities and costs of both mass incarceration and the U.S. drug war.
We've all seen it before, an otherwise normal news story about marijuana policy that cuts away to footage of cannabis caricatures. It's goofy, awkward, condescending and doesn't reflect the average marijuana consumer, who more than likely looks like a normal person you might see at a bank, supermarket or office.
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.
It's good to see scientific evidence emerging to support the claims that Colombian communities and indigenous groups have long been making about the health and environmental harms of fumigation.
This February marked the 30th anniversary of the brutal murder of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena by members of the Guadalajara Cartel in Mexico.
Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.
Congress must thoroughly review the tactics that place agents and contractors in cozy contact with the cartels they are supposed to be dismantling. It must also take this opportunity to consider whether the DEA is fulfilling its mandate -- and to reassess that mandate.
The fact that the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president chose the subject of mass incarceration as the focus of her first major policy address since she announced her candidacy is of great significance politically.
As states legalize marijuana, reform sentencing, and treat drug use more as a health issue and less as a criminal justice issue, the DEA must change with the times. Michele Leonhart's departure is an opportunity to appoint someone who will overhaul the agency and support reform.
Watching the videos, you have the sense that what motivates these people to participate is not as calculating as that, but a more urgent human need. In the words of Diana, mother of Daniel who disappeared: "This is my way of honoring and remembering him, so that time does not erase his face."
One of the most innovative reforms in the country is one you've probably never heard of. That's about to change, because Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is transforming the national discussion about how to end the war on drugs and mass incarceration.
Six months after Ayotzinapa, the haze of protest fever has cleared, and the long, difficult road to change has come into focus. The pragmatic questions Mexico must ask itself in order to arrive there are ugly. But--short of a revolution--this strategic approach is the only way for Mexico to generate change from below, giving voice at last to the many victims of its ongoing violence.
Latinos have been paying dearly, sometimes with their own lives, for American prohibition without having a seat at the policy making table.
Just as the U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya fertilized the field for IS, another U.S. war, the so-called War on Drugs, opened new horizons for the drug cartels.