"Michelle Alexander, a civil rights lawyer and law professor at Ohio State University, argues in “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” (2010) that the mass imprisonment of black men since the 1980s has taken the place of Jim Crow as American society’s main way to control black men - just as Jim Crow itself took the place of making them slaves.
While blacks and whites sell and possess drugs at about the same rate, guess who is filling up the prisons under these drug laws? Mostly black and Latino men, particularly those from poor neighbourhoods. In some states as many as 80 to 90% of those found guilty of a drug crime are black men. But the Supreme Court sees no racism in that."
Seems like they're doing it wrong then. Sniffer dogs are often deployed at the constriction points in the supply chain. This disrupts delivery of the product and shouldn't target many low level offenders....
Tomorrow Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht will be sentenced. He faces the possibility of between 20 years to life behind bars because drugs were bought and sold on his website. The prosecution is painting him as a major drug dealer and blaming him for the deaths of six people who overdosed (without acknowledging that our current drug policies lead to 35,000 accidental overdose deaths per year).
Brace yourself: The average American worker needs to earn $19.35 an hour to afford rent for a standard two-bedroom apartment. That’s more than two times the current federal minimum wage. Weeping into your laptop yet?
In some of the drought-stricken region's minority communities, young people suffer from hopelessness that drives them to join criminal organizations run by men living in prisons hundreds of miles away.
Rob Duke's insight:
My last Chief's posting was in Fresno County just below this area...
It'll increase the types of crime that we see with other retail (theft, robbery, white collar types of crime--e.g. your bookkeeper embezzles); but, it will reduce the violent crimes that are endemic to a system with no lawful dispute resolution processes.
In an eye-opening video by the ACLU, it is revealed that private companies have been helping to put poor people behind bars for debt collection, a practice that was outlawed almost two hundred years ago.
It's all probably very legal, but arguably ineffective and unfair. For example, the poor can't afford the fees for ankle bracelets, thus stay in jail longer than those who are more well off. Those who are out on ankle monitoring have the opportunity to work and pay off fines.
Any form of payment that is not traceable is a problem. Unless you are handing the cash to a living, breathing person who is handing you the keys to a car that is right there. Ask yourself” If this deal goes bad, what recourse do I have? If you are not sure, ask around. Friends and acquaintances often have a sober view of how you should not send your money to strangers you met on the internet’s classified section.
Last week, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced that five major banks were pleading guilty to criminal charges for what she described as a “brazen display of collusion” to manipulate the currency markets. The banks — Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland Group — were hit with $5.6 billion in fines and penalties.
Sensibly, the banks were forced to plead guilty, not simply pay fines in settlements where they neither admitted nor denied the changes. But the charges still were brought against banks, not bankers. No banker was held accountable. The personal fortunes of the bankers who profited were not touched. Shareholders, not bankers, will pay the fines. The Justice Department would have us believe that criminal banks ran profitable criminal conspiracies without involving any bankers.
After decades of get-tough policies that often morphed delinquent youth into hardened criminals — i.e., further traumatizing already traumatized kids — state, local and private facilities are developing ACE- and trauma-informed training for staff and systems for their facilities. They realize that the time these post-traumatic youth spend under their roofs can be a time for healing — if it’s handled right.
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