By continuing to not critically analyze the failure of our national drug policy and how it impacts the mentally ill and our homeless population, we invite other incidents such as this -- this is simply a more extreme example of what happens on the streets every day.
Liberals and conservatives across the Americas are addicted to the war on drugs. Most leaders across the political spectrum privilege hard-line policies over harm reduction.
People's fear of angering prosecutors by going to trial is real. Defendants who choose to exercise their constitutional rights to go to trial routinely face sentences three times greater than the original plea deals.
How is it that our land, supposedly the beacon of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world, puts so many of its own people into prison? And why has the number climbed so drastically since 1980?
Making alcohol illegal led to huge increases in organized crime, corruption, and violence. For many of the reasons that led to its repeal, the same arguments can be made for why we need to end the war on drugs.
Just because someone is convicted of a crime doesn't give the government license to impose punishment that is cruel and unjust. To me, that's the real human rights challenge -- protecting unpopular people whatever their circumstances, whatever they've done, wherever they live.
Currently, at least 125 million people use marijuana, 14 million people use amphetamines, 12 million people use opioids, and 14 million people use cocaine. Illegal drugs have a plethora of negative impacts.
Anyone who has tried to talk to someone with a serious drug or alcohol problem has learned the hard way that the two sides might as well be speaking different languages. Yet we have done very little to get at the route of that gap in understanding.
If there was ever a small opening for the GOP to win the hearts and minds of millennials, pot might be the golden ticket.
Market research shows that the largest growth sector for illegal behavior is in corporate management. Prison owners hope to tap into that fertile market by appealing to local municipalities to get white collar criminals into the system early, where they can become lifelong customers.
Terrence Stevens is on a mission to save children whose parents are incarcerated. He knows too well the stories that these kids represent.
Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder offered the Obama administration's most forceful critique to date of U.S. mass incarceration policies, at a meeting of the hemisphere's security ministers in Medellín, Colombia.
These stories are rich with drug war ironies: political figures who have supported criminalizing drug users but who also like using drugs themselves; white men with stature suffering only minor punishment when compared to the poor and people of color.
It should outrage us that a homeless man will be in prison for the rest of his life because he was the middleman in the sale of $10 worth of marijuana.
As a mother of a son who died from an accidental drug overdose, I was encouraged to see CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta's report of a real-life overdose reversal using the opioid-antidote naloxone.
The first time I ever heard the phrase "harm reduction" I was sprawled across my living room couch watching the news with my husband. The feature stor...