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CN ON: Column: Tough on Drugs Doesn't Work UK Study Shows

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
The Simcoe Reformer, 10 Jun 2015 - TOUGH ON DRUGS DOESN'T WORK UK STUDY SHOWS At the end of last year the British government Home Office released an in-depth study "Drugs: International Comparators "comparing the drug laws in 11 different countries ranging from Portugal where small amounts of any drugs are legal, to Japan which has a zero tolerance position on possession of even the smallest amount of drugs. The purpose of this study was to not only take a realistic look at their own drug laws but to determine whether there was a direct link to being "tough on drugs" and actually tackling the drug problem.
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US: Against His Better Judgment

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Jun 2015 - In One American Meth Corridor, a Federal Judge Comes Face to Face With the Reality of Congressionally Mandated Sentencing They filtered into the courtroom and waited for the arrival of the judge, anxious to hear what he would decide. The defendant's family knelt in the gallery to pray for a lenient sentence. A lawyer paced the entryway and rehearsed his final argument. The defendant reached into the pocket of his orange jumpsuit and pulled out a crumpled note he had written to the judge the night before: "Please, you have all the power," it read. "Just try and be merciful."
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US IL: On A Moral Cause For Marijuana Legalization

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 03 Jun 2015 - Clergy Sees Laws As Harsh, Involving Race, Fair Housing The marijuana decriminalization bill that could soon go to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk has an array of supporters, including civil libertarians, prosecutors and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
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US: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 30 May 2015 - Ulbricht Was Convicted of Running Underground Online Drug Bazaar Ross Ulbricht, the convicted founder of Silk Road, has been sentenced to life in prison for running the underground online drug bazaar, signaling the government's seriousness in combating Internet crimes.
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Three Marijuana Reform Bills Filed in Louisiana

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (STDW) - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 16:57

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US: Health Costs Soar Behind Prison Walls

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2015 - Aging Population of Inmates Serving Long Sentences Takes a Toll on Budgets COLEMAN PRISON, Fla. - Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a suspected heart condition and sometimes experiences vertigo.
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US: Health Costs Soar Behind Prison Walls

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2015 - Aging Population of Inmates Serving Long Sentences Takes a Toll on Budgets COLEMAN PRISON, Fla. - Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a suspected heart condition and sometimes experiences vertigo.
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US: Price Is Painful As U.S. Prison Population Ages

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 12 May 2015 - Human, Financial Toll High As Tens of Thousands Linger INSIDE COLEMAN PRISON, Fla. - Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a suspected heart condition and sometimes experiences vertigo.
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US: Calling A Truce

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 07:00
The Age, 10 May 2015 - In a Rare Moment of Detente, Democrats and Republicans Have Both Admitted That America's War on Drugs and the Subsequent Tough-On-Crime Policies Have Failed. How Did We Get Here? Politicians from across the divided political spectrum now agree tough policies on drugs and mass incarceration have failed, blighting inner-city communities.
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US MD: How 5.9 Grams of Marijuana Led to a 20-Year Prison Term

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 08 May 2015 - When Ronald Hammond appeared in a Baltimore courtroom on a charge of possessing 5.9 grams of marijuana, the judge scoffed at the case. District Judge Askew Gatewood told the prosecutor that "5.9 grams won't roll you a decent joint," according to a transcript of the 2012 case. "Why would I want to spend taxpayers' money putting his little raggedy butt in jail - feeding him, clothing him, cable TV, Internet, prayer, medical expense, clothing - on $5 worth of weed?"
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