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The Rockefeller Drug Laws? editorial comment
04-April-2006, United States, Blogger News Network

[As NY Governor, Nelson Rockefeller pressed for draconian punishments for the sale and/or possession of drugs on the mistakened assumption that these would deter drug sales. They did not. But the upshot was that many a younger person ended up ...

Drug War or Race War? editorial comment
13-March-2006, United States, New Haven Independent

It's been 10 years since Sheldon Tucker saw the inside of a prison. Tucker (at right in photo, with criminal defense attorney Norm Pattis, at left) and others at a local forum on the drug war spoke about why so many young people of color have ...

Singapore Hangs Australian Drug Smuggler Nguyen editorial comment
02-December-2005, Singapore, Bloomberg.com

Singapore executed Australian drug smuggler Nguyen Tuong Van today after rejecting requests from Australian Prime Minister John Howard to spare his life. The 25-year-old was hanged at Changi Prison this morning, Singapore's Ministry of Home ...

Hallucinating stars and stripes editorial comment
13-September-2005, United Kingdom, Hallucinating stars and stripes

The party was definitely over. It was 1989 when George Bush Sr held up a bag of crack-cocaine, seized "in a park just across the street" from the White House, and formally declared war on drugs. Thanks to a media obsessed with crack babies and ...

So, you call this a victory in the drug war? editorial comment
21-July-2005, United States, Inside Bay Area

WHEN I visited Richard Paey, it quickly became clear that he posed no menace to society in his new home here in Zephyrhills, Fla., a high-security state prison near Tampa, where he was serving a 25-year sentence. The fences, topped with ribbon wire, ...

Drug "War" Casualties editorial comment
19-July-2005, United States, qando.net

nnocent civilians who become casualties in war are euphemistically called "collateral damage". What do you call them in the "War on Drugs"? John Tierney visits just such a casualty, a man who suffers from multiple sclerosis and chronic pain from ...

The Drug War: Back with a Vengeance editorial comment
25-May-2005, United States, City Pages

by Beth Hawkins May 25, 2005 If you think the congressional Republicans' war on the judiciary can't get any more shrill or irrational, you obviously haven't read up on House Resolution 1528, Defending America's Most Vulnerable: Safe Access to ...

The Ending of the Rockefeller Drug Penalties Is ... editorial comment
09-January-2005, United States, The New York Times

By LESLIE EATON Published: February 9, 2005 EDFORD HILLS, N.Y. - If any group of prison inmates has attracted public sympathy, it was the women whose first brush with the law left them locked up here for 15 years or more on drug ...

New York to Ease Prison Terms for Drugs editorial comment
08-December-2004, United States, Guardian Unlimited

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State lawmakers voted Tuesday to scale back some mandatory sentences under New York's infamously harsh drug laws, which could send a person to prison for life for possessing just a few ounces of heroin or cocaine. Among the ...

Judge Questions Long Sentence in Drug Case editorial comment
17-November-2004, United States, The New York Times

In a case that has spurred intense soul-searching in legal circles, a 25-year-old convicted drug dealer, who was arrested two years ago for selling small bags of marijuana to a police informant, was sentenced on Tuesday to 55 years in prison. The ...

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