Jail, prison populations rise 2.6 percent
21-May-2006, United States, CNN
More than 1,000 inmates were added to the nation's prisons and jails each week from June 2004 to June 2005, according to a report issued Sunday by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The 56,428 new inmates -- including both convicts and those ...
Mexico's Fox balks at signing drug law
04-May-2006, Mexico, CNN
Mexican President Vicente Fox backed off a bill that would have decriminalized possession of small amounts of drugs, sending it back to Congress for changes rather than signing it into law.
The announcement late Wednesday came after U.S. ...
Is legalising drugs the only answer?
30-April-2006, United Kingdom, The Sunday Times
Some top police officers are now backing the idea that hard drugs should be decriminalised. Is this a brave but foolhardy idea, asks Tim Luckhurst
When the Ayrshire drugs baron John Gorman was jailed for 12 years last week and nine of his ...
The Rockefeller Drug Laws?
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?
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 ...
Ads in Montana Battle Methamphetamine
26-February-2006, United States, The New York Times
The camera follows the teenager as she showers for her night out and looks down to discover the drain swirling with blood. She turns and sees her methamphetamine-addicted self cowering below, oozing from scabs she has picked all over her body ...
'Legalising drugs would halve prisoner numbers'
15-December-2005, United Kingdom, icBerkshire
READING probation officer Bob Turney says it is time to stop pouring billions of pounds into a never-ending war against drugs and open a hysteria-free debate about legalisation.
His job offers him an insight into the criminal underworld because ...
War on drugs hits new low
25-November-2005, United States, The Austin Chronicle
The federal war on medi-pot patients hit a new low last month when Royal Canadian Mounted Police nabbed 38-year-old Steven W. Tuck from his Vancouver, B.C., hospital bed, whisked him to the border, and relinquished him to the custody of U.S. ...
Victims of the Drug War
22-November-2005, United States, BlueOregon
As if the US “war on drugs” was not absurd enough, it has now claimed its first marijuana-related casualty.
Jonathan Magbie, a quadriplegic, was sentenced to a 10-day jail sentence in Washington, DC for possession of one joint. He died four days ...
Marijuana: A Pointless But Ending War
21-November-2005, United States, The Knight News
Back in my supermarket days as a stock boy, a coworker gave me an anecdote about how he was getting high with his friends at a deserted rail yard. Two police officers appeared suddenly, so the kids languidly tried to hide their joints behind their ...
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