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Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Surgeon General’s Report: Substance Abuse Continues to Grow in America by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A new report from the federal government documents what many already know: that the problem of substance abuse addiction continues to expand, now affecting an estimated 20.8 million Americans. That’s more than the total ...
Publication • August 1, 2017
Physicians for Human Rights - Neither Justice Nor Treatment, 2017 Physicians for Human Rights Neither Justice Nor Treatment Drug Courts in the United States June 2017 There are more than 3,100 drug courts operating in the United States. But while the courts’ proponents say they reduce recidivism for people with ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Unlikely Criminal Justice Reform: How New York City Reduced Arrests and Slashed Prisoner Populations by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In what has been described as a "remarkable reversal of mass incarceration,” a newly-published report by Justice Strategies credited the New York Police Department (NYPD) for a massive decline in ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Policing for Profit: Law Enforcement Agencies Abuse Civil Asset Forfeiture by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke While crime may not pay, policing can be very profitable when law enforcement agencies are allowed to seize assets not only from criminals but also people merely suspected of breaking the law. No criminal ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Incarceration Numbers Falling, Especially for Blacks by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the imprisonment rate for blacks is declining and has been doing so for many years. But the BJS data also indicates that the trend is headed in the opposite ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: War on Drugs, Juries
When Laws Are Unjust: A Primer on Jury Nullification by Joe Watson by Joe Watson The 2014 trial of Jacob Lavaro—a 19-year-old from Austin, Texas, who was facing five years to life for making a pound-and-a-half of pot brownies— has again provoked the ire of criminal justice reform advocates, including ...
Publication • July 7, 2017
Office of the Inspector General - Review of...Smart on Crime Initiative, Evaluation and Inspections Division, 2017 Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Review of the Department’s Implementation of Prosecution and Sentencing Reform Principles under the Smart on Crime ...
Publication • June 15, 2017
ACLU of Ohio - Letter to City of Washington Court re Overdoses, 2017 ACLU AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION o f OHIO I ·, March 28, 20 I 7 VIA CERTI FI E D MAIL AND EMAIL Mark Pitstick, Law Director, Washington Court I lquse l 17 N Main Street Washington ...
Brief • 2017
Filed under: Searches, War on Drugs, Police
Rushing v. City of Orlando, FL, Amended Complaint, Krispy Kreme Drugs, 2017 Filing # 53090342 E-Filed 02/28/2017 03:26:55 PM IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA DANIEL FREDERICK RUSHING, Plaintiff CASE NO. 2016-CA-009003-0 v. THE CITY OF ORLANDO and SAFARILAND, LLC Defendants ...
Publication • 2017
United States Sentencing Commission - An Analysis of the Implementation of the 2014 Clemency Initiative, 2017 An Analysis of the Implementation of the 2014 Clemency Initiative U N I T E D S TAT E S S E N T E NC I NG COM M I S S ION ...
Publication • 2017
American Friends Service Committee - Drug Sentencing in Arizona A Prescription for Failure, 2017 Drug Sentencing in Arizona: A Prescription for Failure Written by: Rebecca Fealk, MPA Caroline Isaacs, MSW American Friends Service Committee – Arizona August 2017 Written by: Rebecca Fealk, MPA Caroline Isaacs, MSW American Friends Service Committee ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Indiana County is Leader in Sending People to Prison by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In a major shift from just a decade ago, rural areas of the U.S. are more likely to send people to prison than urban areas. While big cities have been trying to reduce incarceration rates, ...
Article • April 3, 2017
Detroit's Hidden Crack Casualties by Aaron Miguel Cantú by Aaron Miguel Cantú, The Intercept Clara Hill is certain the boys didn’t kill anybody. She has known since she was 14 years old – almost three decades ago. But when she tried to tell police the truth, she says, they hurt ...
Prop 47 Makes Thousands of Drug, Property Offenders Eligible for Release by Joe Watson The passage of California's Proposition 47 in November 2014—which reduced many felony drug-possession and property crimes to misdemeanors— might be a harbinger of criminal-justice reform nationwide. But for now, reform advocates will gladly accept the imminent ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Louisiana’s High Incarceration Rate Economically Motivated by David Reutter It’s a well-known fact that the United States has around five percent of the world’s population but incarcerates approximately 25% of the world’s prisoners. Within that disturbing statistic is Louisiana, which has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the nation ...
South Carolina Court Finds DOC Erred in Treating Cases as No-Parole Offenses by On November 12, 2015, the South Carolina Court of Appeals held the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) had erred in interpreting a statute as requiring prisoners with a second conviction for conspiracy to manufacture or intent to ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Rundown on California Propositions 57 and 64 by Kent A. Russell by Kent A. Russell, Esq. In the November 2016 elections, California voters enacted Propositions 57 and 64, two new laws that will potentially benefit thousands of prisoners and scores of prior marijuana offenders. Prop 57 makes most non-violent prisoners ...
Audit of the DEA’s Management and Oversight of its Confidential Source Program, OAG, 2016 Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Management and Oversight of its Confidential Source Program Audit Division 16-33 September 2016 AUDIT OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION’S MANAGEMENT AND ...
Better by Half - The New York City Story of Winning Large-Scale Decarceration while Increasing Public Safety, Greene & Schiraldi, 2016 Better by Half: The New York City Story of Winning Large-Scale Decarceration while Increasing Public Safety JUDITH A. GREENE* Director, Justice Strategies VINCENT SCHIRALDI Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy ...
Blank UF-250 Form - Stop, Question and Frisk Report Worksheet, NYPD, 2016 Case 1:12-cv-02274-AT-HBP Document 105 Filed 02/14/13 Page 157 of 158 APPENDIX B Blank UF-250 Form 157
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