Many of the UK's Internet service providers (ISPs) turned on "porn filters" under the guise of protecting the "innocence of children," but as warned by opponents of Internet regulation, the filters are now blocking large amounts of clean content.
It is time for a new approach, one that treats addiction as a health problem, not a criminal one, and invests in education instead of incarceration. We have a long, long way to go. But at least that journey has started.
The year 2014 has seen several significant drug policy reform milestones. And today marks a major historical anniversary in the nation's efforts toward eliminating discriminatory practices from government policy, and bringing hope to communities of color nationwide.
Guatemala is a major drug corridor between South America and Mexico. Narco gangs thrive in rural areas and along the southeastern border, while street gangs dominate the urban centers. As a result, the country's capital, Guatemala City, has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
The Mexican state of Tamaulipas, birthplace of the country's oldest criminal organization, the Gulf Cartel, is again awash in blood.
Drug policy reform is an issue that conservatives should rally behind. There are three overwhelming and compelling reasons why this is so.
John P. Walters, director of drug control policy under President George W. Bush, wrote on what he views as an inconsistency between libertarian philosophy and support for ending the war on drugs. He claims libertarians get it wrong on drugs. Mr. Walters gets it wrong on drugs, as well as on libertarians.
When people like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas blame the current surge in Central American immigrants on the Obama administration's "lax" immigration policies, they just don't know what they're talking about.
Please wake up, America: US immigration policies have little or nothing to do with the growing Central American refugee crisis, now being driven by children trying to escape the violence in their countries and avoid being forcibly recruited by gangs and cartels.
A piece in the Washington Post highlights the growing backlog of untested rape test kits that are sitting in police storage units while rapists run free and victims suffer. Missing from the story, however, is one of the biggest contributors to this backlog.
If sentenced today I would face a maximum sentence of 20 years, not a living death sentence. I know that the man I've become today deserves to be in the bands of society, to live as a productive citizen and faithful member of my community.
It's increasingly clear that entrusting decisions involving medical science to the DEA is akin to leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse. And what's most striking is how little scrutiny the DEA has faced from Congress or other federal overseers.
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.
What we require is a wholesale mass-decarceration initiative that acknowledges the traumatic generational effects on the communities we've failed.
If I started a business and it was clearly failing, I would shut it down. The war on drugs has failed -- why isn't it being shut down?
It is a bitter irony that thousands of kids have experienced needless violence or had their families ripped apart in the name of drug prohibition.