Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.
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?
The largest prison education program in California is thriving at Ironwood State Prison, where men are transcribing college textbooks into Braille, learning trade skills and where an astonishing 1200+ students have earned college degrees.
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.
if we have revised our view of what constitutes a just sentence for a drug offense, then we cannot and should not justify continuing to incarcerate 51,141 people under an old, rejected understanding. We should never be afraid of too much justice.
Until Congress passes bills like Rob Portman's Second Chance Reauthorization Act, or the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, we'll remain a long way off from a fair, effective criminal justice system.
An awakening is occurring, the U.S. is finally getting on the right path, people need to take advantage of the opportunity and push now to end the drug war.
In the sea of bad news the public receives every day, the Drug War has become one of the leading bright spots, with each day bringing yet another change, the first steps toward rolling back four decades of soul-crushing injustice.
That a mostly white media used language like "savage," "wolfpack," "animal" and even "feral" to describe the group of African American and Latino teens accused of rape points to the racial context in which the media placed Meili's assault.
Latin America has provided the highest number of deaths in the war on drugs. For that reason, it is Latin America that is leading the debate on drug policy reform because we can no longer leave our health, our safety, and our rights in the hands of criminals.
The symbiotic relationship between Mexico and the U.S. demands a better understanding of the general public interest of both countries. The U.S. needs to support not only economic agreements but also agreements that are beneficial to the public, international good.
DEA Administrator Leonhart is virtually the only person left who still zealously supports the failed war on drugs. The U.S. and the rest of the world are moving toward an approach that prioritizes public health and legal regulation -- but she remains hopelessly committed to the failed war-on-drugs approach.
Vanessa will hopefully make it, stay out of juvie and be able to reunite with her mother later this year. But what about all the kids who don't make it? Children with incarcerated parents are five times more likely than their peers to end up behind the bars.
Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past quarter-century. Yet many journalists still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering any other issue.
On Friday, Uruguay released its long-anticipated regulations accompanying the law that was signed into effect last December, which made it the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.
We are, this year, 50 years removed from the civil rights movement's "Freedom Summer" of 1964. To be sure, changes in our society have been nothing short of revolutionary. Yet over half a century later, one wonders if white supremacy remains rooted in the American psyche. Is there a racial caste system in America?