Some would say that instead of providing more funds to care for children, we should crack down by amending the law to allow for summary deportations, and by dramatically increasing our enforcement capabilities at the border. This reflects neither the reality of the problem nor our values as a nation.
Sadly, the administration continues to keep its head in the sand when it comes to the massive number of arrests each year for marijuana and other drugs. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are being arrested each year for nothing more than possession.
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.
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.
For the second year in a row, an international groundswell of activists have organized a Global Day of Action. In addition to the thousands of actions around the world focusing on various aspects of the failed drug war, drug policy reform advocates will be taking their protest right to the source: the UN Headquarters in New York.
Drug policy reform is an issue that conservatives should rally behind. There are three overwhelming and compelling reasons why this is so.
If just a small fraction of the money spent each year on drug-related law enforcement globally -- about $100 billion per year -- was re-directed towards drug-related health and social services, countless lives would be saved.
This week Gov. Cuomo announced a package of legislation that seeks to address the drug-overdose crisis in New York, including reforming health insurance to make sure that people are not denied coverage for drug treatment. Not mentioned is a major bill that will immediately save lives by preventing overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioids.
Locking people up for nonviolent drug crimes has become the way of life in the United States. The more stories we can hear of those subjected to draconian sentencing laws, the better chance we have to fix this broken system.
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.
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.
Despite the minimal protections for victims of drug use and the Islamic Republic's typical manner of glossing over their domestic problems, Iran spends approximately one billion dollars per year on anti-drug operations.
Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, find some agreement that a problem exists when there are 4,000 federal laws that can land you in prison and more than two million Americans are in prison or jail.
Despite the facts, we're a prison-crazed society. The solution to all our problems ... put them in jail! Yet we forget what a horrible act of torture a prison is. Even for a day.
The term "smarter sentencing" is a funny one. I like that it suggests a predecessor type of sentencing that I imagine could be called "dumber sentencing" (or crueler) that has led us to this.