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Incarceration as Motivator: Response to Project SAM

Incarceration as Motivator: Response to Project SAM | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it

We can all agree that excess tobacco, alcohol and drugs are not healthy for the body, especially for developing children, but where we all disagree is the degree to which using these substances become unhealthy and whether using these substances is a criminal offence...


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This approach represents a complete failure of imagination and a waste of human potential.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, February 27, 12:07 PM

The notion of 'prison as a motivator' is a disturbing one - particular when peddled by countries which seem to be ever watching and controlling the behaviour of its people. 

We should not widen the net of state control and intrusion into the every day life of citizens. 

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Training law enforcement to respect and protect all citizens. Holding authorities accountable to the citizenry. Implementing ethical and effective policies.
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De Blasio’s Violent-Crime Challenges

De Blasio’s Violent-Crime Challenges | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a set of new initiatives in response to a recent rise in violent crime, at least in certain parts of New York City.
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zero tolerance for violence
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Rick Perry And Sean Hannity Are Currently Patrolling The Border On A Boat With A Machine Gun

Rick Perry And Sean Hannity Are Currently Patrolling The Border On A Boat With A Machine Gun | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Conservatives have spent the last few days criticizing President Barack Obama for the fact that he declined to visit the U.S.-Mexico border during his trip to Texas.
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Immigration politics and 'The Departed'

Immigration politics and 'The Departed' | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Pres. Obama drew from “The Departed” to describe his frustration over the border crisis and Congress failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
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Active shooter training increases comfort level of emergency responders

Active shooter training increases comfort level of emergency responders | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders felt better prepared to respond to an active shooter incident after receiving focused tactical training according to a new study in the journal Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.
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Tampa cops criticized for fatally shooting suspect over $2 worth of marijuana

Tampa cops criticized for fatally shooting suspect over $2 worth of marijuana | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Authorities in Tampa, Florida are being accused of covering up the truth regarding officers’ fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jason Westcott, who was suspected of dealing drugs but was later found to have about $2 worth of marijuana in his home,...
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Why Cops Get Away With Rape - Newsweek

“[Officers] tend to choose victims who would lack so-called credibility in the eyes of other law enforcement, whether it was somebody who was engaged in sex work or whether it is somebody who was...

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City Provides Free Marijuana For Poor Patients

City Provides Free Marijuana For Poor Patients | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to provide free marijuana to patients with low incomes, a Reuters article reports.
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Study: Blacks and Latinos Receive Worse Plea Deals Than Whites and Asians

Study: Blacks and Latinos Receive Worse Plea Deals Than Whites and Asians | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
A new study conducted by the Vera Institute of Justice found that black and Latino defendants in Manhattan are more likely to be held pretrial and ultimately sentenced to prison than white and Asian defendants.
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San Francisco Courts Will Order Mentally Ill Into Treatment

San Francisco Courts Will Order Mentally Ill Into Treatment | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
The controversial Laura's Law allows judges to mandate court-ordered treatment to mentally ill individuals who fulfill certain criteria.
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Only a Cruel Prosecutorial System Would Force a Minor to Show His Erection to Cops

Only a Cruel Prosecutorial System Would Force a Minor to Show His Erection to Cops | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
A Manassas court granted a warrant making it legal for the police to forcibly induce a teenage boy’s erection and take photos of it.
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By Asking For His Wallet Back, a Gitmo Detainee May Have Revealed US War Crimes

By Asking For His Wallet Back, a Gitmo Detainee May Have Revealed US War Crimes | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
The US seizes money from Guantanamo Bay detainees upon capture and never gives it back — a policy that may technically be a war crime.
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The Tragic Tale of Atomic Man: Life as a Radioactive Human

The Tragic Tale of Atomic Man: Life as a Radioactive Human | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
For the first time since the accident in 1976, workers at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington are planning to clean out the room where chemicals exploded in Harold McCluskey's face, showering him with radiation 500 times the occupational limit and embedding radioactive americium in his skull, turning him into the Atomic Man.
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Voting Rights and Mass Incarceration

Voting Rights and Mass Incarceration | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
With SCSJ attorneys in federal court hearings this week fighting against North Carolina’s voter suppression laws and the second Clean Slate Clinic in Durham quickly approaching, the disenfranchisement of the justice-involved population is a central...
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Family Argues With Guns; Grandpa Shoots Dad, 11 Year Old Shoots, Kills Grandpa

Family Argues With Guns; Grandpa Shoots Dad, 11 Year Old Shoots, Kills Grandpa | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
An 11 year old North Carolina boy has been taken into protective custody after shooting his grandfather with a 12 gauge shotgun on Monday, July 7th, 2014.
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The Progressive & the Libertarian

The Progressive & the Libertarian | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Sens. Cory Booker & Rand Paul are the newest political team. The duo proposed new legislation to reform sentencing laws. Lawrence O'Donnell talks with Joy Reid.
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In the Middle of the Immigration Crisis, De Blasio's City ID Card Just Became a Reality

In the Middle of the Immigration Crisis, De Blasio's City ID Card Just Became a Reality | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Signed into law today, it will give undocumented workers a way to prove their identity.
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It's Your Game ... Keep It Real reduces dating violence among minority youth

It's Your Game ... Keep It Real reduces dating violence among minority youth | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
New research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) shows that It's Your Game…Keep it Real (IYG), a health education program designed to delay sexual behavior and promote healthy dating relationships, can...
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On Cruelty

On Cruelty | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Judith Butler reviews Jacques Derrida's The Death Penalty: Vol.
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The FBI's Dirty Little Secret - Foreign Policy (blog)

The FBI's Dirty Little Secret - Foreign Policy (blog) | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it


And given that any government justification for spying is presumably classified, "it is impossible to know why their emails were monitored, or the extent of the surveillance," they wrote.

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Civil Rights Organizations Demand Answers From White House on Surveillance of Muslim Leaders - The Intercept

Civil Rights Organizations Demand Answers From White House on Surveillance of Muslim Leaders - The Intercept | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
In the wake of our story this morning reporting on the FBI and NSA’s monitoring of prominent Muslim-Americans, a coalition of 44 civil rights groups organized by the American Civil Liberties Union has sent a letter to President Obama demanding  a “full public accounting” of the government’s “targeting of community leaders” for surveillance. Separately, the Read more
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Artist Launches Domestic Violence Campaign Portraying Disney Princesses as Victims

Artist Launches Domestic Violence Campaign Portraying Disney Princesses as Victims | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
When I think of Disney characters, I immediately think of little girls and princesses. But artist Saint Hoax changes that perception by the launch of her latest awareness campaign using Disney characters portrayed as domestic violence victims.
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Aboriginal Gangs in Winnipeg

Aboriginal Gangs in Winnipeg | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Years of poverty and discrimination have driven Aboriginal street gangs to make Winnipeg, Canada the country's murder capital.
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'I Have Never Witnessed This Type of Valor and Courage': An Excerpt From 'The Interpreters'

'I Have Never Witnessed This Type of Valor and Courage': An Excerpt From 'The Interpreters' | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
A majority of the interpreters who aided the US and NATO in Afghanistan are being either denied transit, or left in limbo for years on end.
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The CIA style guide goes online: now you can learn to write like a spy

The CIA style guide goes online: now you can learn to write like a spy | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Leo Benedictus: The US spy agency's writing manual has been leaked. What does it teach us about penning truly great secret communiques?
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First Woman Arrested Under Tennessee Pregnancy Criminalization Law, for a Drug Not Covered Under the Law

First Woman Arrested Under Tennessee Pregnancy Criminalization Law, for a Drug Not Covered Under the Law | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Read more of our coverage on the Tennessee Pregnancy Criminalization Law here.
A woman in Tennessee was arrested on Tuesday under a new law that criminalizes mothers whose babies are exposed to certain illegal drugs in utero.
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