We have Issues with the Drug War!
Abuse - When November Coalition members viewed
photos of abuse of Iraqi prisoners, many of us knew that they
would become 'iconic' and perhaps, as with other iconic photos,
move a nation to action. We also knew that the abuse was born
in U.S. prisons. Learn how you can join with others working to
stop the abuse of prisoners at home and U.S inspired prison abuse
throughout the world.
Informant System and the War on Drugs - "There
is increasing evidence that our criminal system often convicts
the innocent. Criminal informants, or "snitches," play
a prominent role in this wrongful conviction phenomenon. The
criminal system, however, is heavily dependent on snitches, particularly
in connection with the investigation and prosecution of drug
offenses, and police and prosecutors are often not well-positioned
to know when their informants are lying." from Beyond
Unreliable: How Snitches Contribute to Wrongful Convictions,
by Alexandra Natapoff, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA
Reform & Blakely/Booker/Fanfan News
Reform - For a prisoner nearing release from custody,
one set of problems will soon replace another. From being watched
and scheduled every minute of every day, the newly released prisoner
enters a fast world of choices and more locked doors. From monotonous
prison routine, the released prisoner looks at re-entering 'society'
as might an alien traveler who is completely unfamiliar with
life on Earth. Learn more about this compelling collateral damage
of the war on drugs, and what people are doing to change re-entry
laws at local, state and federal levels.
Madness - This web section is intended as a counterpoint
to the current media-driven hysteria around the "Meth Epidemic",
which is NOT supported by statistical data.
vs. Powder Cocaine - End Crack and Powder Cocaine
Sentencing Disparities: It's Not Fair -- It's Not Working!
Crack cocaine and powder cocaine are different forms of the same
drug. Federal law, however, sets a 100 to 1 sentencing disparity
between the two forms. Even though 66% of crack users are white,
blacks make up more than 80% of federal defendants sentenced
for crack cocaine offenses. No other federal law is more responsible
for gross racial disparities in the federal criminal justice
Random History of Alcohol Prohibition - The "Great
Experiment" of the early 20th Century was an unmitigated
disaster, yet her we are, less than 100 years later, making the
same calamitous mistakes in the War on (some) Drugs. "Those
who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- philosopher George Santayana
and Prison Policy: Studies and Reports