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PODIUM: We should not be so swift to lock people away in jail - The Westmorland Gazette

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PODIUM: We should not be so swift to lock people away in jail
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This is not a party political problem. What does appear to be imperative, however, is the apparent need to appear to be 'tough' on crime!
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I’m leaving my 3 kids for new life with prison lover in States

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EXCLUSIVE: MUM Jennifer Butler will move almost 5,000 miles away for a dangerous US prisoner she met online (I’m leaving my 3 kids for new life with prison lover in States | The Sun |Woman|Real Life http://t.co/JBJiXOim9N)...
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VIDEO 58mins ▶ Lecture @ProfDavidNutt "The Inconvenient Truth About Drugs"

Professor David Nutt is a British psychiatrist who was fired from his position as Government advisor late last year because he presented challenging informat...

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, June 29, 2014 7:41 PM

Clear, well reasoned, rational and evidenced based.

MildGreen Initiative's comment, July 6, 2014 6:33 AM
I found the program on TV featuring Nutt that was exploring the history, culture and harms associated with Whisky, inparticular the period when Whisky from the Highlands was prohibited and the significant relationship as poor quality spirits were created begining with William Pitt's law's and how the politics ended up creating the entire global whiskey trade (and associated money).
Very instructive insight, more so than the simplistic comparison I see so often referencing the American bootlegging/prohibition/crime era where consumption and possession were legal.... Whereas with illicit drugs, even 'intent' to maybe consume is not just a moral flaw requiring penance (at the behest of the state) but an entire culture of 'Just say No' only the pilgrim fathers could have dreamt up.
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Police are accused of foot-dragging over miners' strike inquiry

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“Three decades after Orgreave clashes, the IPCC inquiry is under fire for delaying tacticsThe official investigation into police misconduct over the "Battle of Orgreave" the violent clash in 1984 between striking miners and police is too slow,...”


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Teenage girls and domestic violence the truth

Young women aged 16 to 24 are most at risk of domestic violence.

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The Art of Listening to the Public (the Secret PCC explains all)

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Although I have my doubters: I am very much a government for the people, by the people sort of chap (unless, of course, the issue is a tad too complicated for the lumpen electorate - in which case I believe in benign autocracy.
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So many complaints, so little action. Do the police take racism seriously? | Ade Adepitan

So many complaints, so little action. Do the police take racism seriously? | Ade Adepitan | No Offence! CIC | Scoop.it
Many accusations over racist officers get nowhere and even when they are upheld, there seem to be no consequencesGrowing up in east London 20 years ago, I was a young black man with a nice little car a Renault Clio adapted for my needs.

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Drug decriminalisation in Portugal: Setting the record straight | by @TransformDrugs

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The reality is that Portugal’s drug situation has improved significantly in several key areas. Most notably, HIV infections and drug-related deaths have decreased, while the dramatic rise in use feared by some has failed to materialise. However, such improvements are not solely the result of the decriminalisation policy; Portugal’s shift towards a more health-centred approach to drugs, as well as wider health and social policy changes, are equally, if not more, responsible for the positive changes observed. Drawing on the most up-to-date evidence, this briefing clarifies the extent of Portugal’s achievement, and debunks some of the erroneous claims made about the country’s innovative approach to drugs


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Sara Conrad's curator insight, June 11, 2014 9:31 AM

Bravo Portugal. Activists, this is important news! End the Drug War! 

First Portugal, next the world. 

 

 

Julian Buchanan's curator insight, June 11, 2014 6:38 PM

Decriminalisation is the way to go!
 

Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, June 13, 2014 6:31 AM

DECRIMINALISATION OF DRUGS IS DEFINATELY THE WAY FORWARD, IN MY OPINION

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VIDEO 17mins: Dan with terminal bowel cancer is criminalised for using medical marijuana: The illegal miracle. Part 1

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Two families torn apart by illness and tortured by the medication that is designed to save them have discovered the incredible benefits of marijuana. Top cops and anti-drug families talk to Sunday Night about discovering this illegal substance is not only relieving their pain but providing cures. Plus, the live viewer debate about legalizing marijuana.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, June 15, 2014 8:43 PM

The position of denying, prohibiting and punishing people for self medicating with a herbal plant is unbelievably bizarre, inhumane and hard to fathom.

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The European Drug Report and its Misplaced ‘Concern for Cannabis Users’ by @Monthrie

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Following a pattern that is quickly becoming a tired cliché in drug policy, we once again find prohibition exacerbating the very problems it claims to help solve. More than this, though, by perpetuating a myth about cannabis harms which seems alien to so many users of cannabis, the EMCDDA fails to advance the debate about how best to minimize the risks of cannabis use, instead appearing disconnected from the real facts at hand.

Cannabis isn’t as concerning as forced treatment for non-problem users, and the authors of the European Drug Report would have done well to make that clear.


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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, June 20, 2014 12:00 PM

I believe that there is a concentrated on-going international effort to seize all and every bit of cannabis available on the market after which the authorities plan to PATENT it and sell the product at extra-ordinary profit rates. It is merely a question of the greedy ensuring they have their usual sole and exclusive rights before Cannabis becomes legal throughout all communities. Activists who are fighting to get the product legally approved, seem to by-pass this vital piece of information which can have major draw backs on especially the sick, who need the product for cures and building and other sectors that easily could have the product available in fair quantities at fair prices - if they manage to react in time to the dangers they face of PRICE FIXING by the sickly-greedy.

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When cuts are the criminal act - The Guardian

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When cuts are the criminal act
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I seldom think that media accounts or dramatised portrayals of what goes on in magistrates courts are very accurate but Amelia Gentleman's article (Crimes and misdemeanours, 7 June) nails it.
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Conservatives are leading on criminal justice reform to bring Americans ... - United Liberty

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Chris Grayling blasted over plans for 'Victorian-style' corporal punishment on young offenders

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Chris Grayling’s plans to allow force to be used on children at new “secure colleges” for young offenders are illegal and must be changed immediately, an influential parliamentary committee warns today.
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Even the MoJ admits it: The prison system under Grayling is falling apart - Politics.co.uk (blog)

Even the MoJ admits it: The prison system under Grayling is falling apart - Politics.co.uk (blog) | No Offence! CIC | Scoop.it
Even the MoJ admits it: The prison system under Grayling is falling apart Politics.co.uk (blog) The Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) own figures show a 30% rise in serious assaults in jail, a 69% rise in suicides and sky-rocketing numbers of failing...
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What happens to the homeless leaving hospital?

Healthwatch England launches an inquiry to find out what happen to society's most vulnerable when they are discharged from hospital.
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A half-smoked joint: Decriminalising drugs leaves the crooks with the cash. Legalise drugs instead

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“I’M GONNA smoke’a de ganja until I go blind,” sang Bob Marley. “You know I smoke’a de ganja all a de time.” Jamaicans who share his devotion to...

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, June 29, 2014 10:18 PM

Getting the balance right is not going to be easy!

MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, July 1, 2014 4:01 AM

Cannabis into Class D.....   honour the law of supply and demand, enable credible health promotion, respect adult choice, make subject to common law and recourse to protection of natural justice.

 

Google ( "Restricted Substances Regulations"  2008 ) 

 

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The European Drug Report and its Misplaced ‘Concern for Cannabis Users’ by @Monthrie

The European Drug Report and its Misplaced ‘Concern for Cannabis Users’ by @Monthrie | No Offence! CIC | Scoop.it

Following a pattern that is quickly becoming a tired cliché in drug policy, we once again find prohibition exacerbating the very problems it claims to help solve. More than this, though, by perpetuating a myth about cannabis harms which seems alien to so many users of cannabis, the EMCDDA fails to advance the debate about how best to minimize the risks of cannabis use, instead appearing disconnected from the real facts at hand.

Cannabis isn’t as concerning as forced treatment for non-problem users, and the authors of the European Drug Report would have done well to make that clear.


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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, June 20, 2014 12:00 PM

I believe that there is a concentrated on-going international effort to seize all and every bit of cannabis available on the market after which the authorities plan to PATENT it and sell the product at extra-ordinary profit rates. It is merely a question of the greedy ensuring they have their usual sole and exclusive rights before Cannabis becomes legal throughout all communities. Activists who are fighting to get the product legally approved, seem to by-pass this vital piece of information which can have major draw backs on especially the sick, who need the product for cures and building and other sectors that easily could have the product available in fair quantities at fair prices - if they manage to react in time to the dangers they face of PRICE FIXING by the sickly-greedy.

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New police and borough council team-up against anti-social behaviour to be ... - This is Local London

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The Art of Listening to the Public (the Secret PCC explains all)

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Although I have my doubters: I am very much a government for the people, by the people sort of chap (unless, of course, the issue is a tad too complicated for the lumpen electorate - in which case I believe in benign autocracy.
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"America's Longest War" A Film About Drug Prohibition - Reason.com

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AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR is a Reason Foundation film about the extraordinary costs of the US government's 40-year war on drugs.

 

Drug prohibition has failed. Drug usage rates have not declined, and illegal drugs are more available—and cheaper—than ever before. At the same time, the costs of the drug war are staggering. More than $1 trillion taxpayer dollars have been spent. More than 50,000 SWAT raids occur each year. Hundreds of thousands of non-violent drug offenders are wasting their lives away in prison at our expense. And more than 60,000 people have been murdered in Mexico over the past six years.


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Mother of schoolgirl who died from ecstasy overdose wants Home Secretary to legalise drugs in the UK

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GCSE student Martha Fernback, 15, died after taking MDMA which was was 91 per cent pure - compared to the average street-level purity of 58 per cent

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, June 12, 2014 6:54 PM

Criminalisation makes drug taking much more risky. Just as criminalisation would make alcohol, tobacco and coffee much more risky.

Here's how the risks are increased: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/324860445720576000

 

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Lawmakers should be parsimonious -- not sanctimonious -- on drug sentencing

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In the criminal justice context, parsimony dictates that sentences should be no greater than necessary to serve the legitimate goals of punishment, namely, retribution for past crimes, deterrence of future ones, and rehabilitation of the offender.

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Anthony's achievements recognised

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Anthony's achievements recognised (RT @cgmprobation: Anthony learns to read & write while on probation thanks to help from @AchieveGtrMcr http://t.co/qZlLwTf2xU)...
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Federal program in NJ aims to keep former convicts from returning to prison - NorthJersey.com

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NorthJersey.com Federal program in NJ aims to keep former convicts from returning to prison NorthJersey.com It's this intense, personalized attention to ex-inmates that attorneys and jurists hope will be the key to ensuring that they will succeed...
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The tragic, maddening failure of America's juvenile justice system - The Week Magazine

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The tragic, maddening failure of America's juvenile justice system The Week Magazine hen you start reading Nell Bernstein's haunting book about juvenile justice in America, you'll surely become heartbroken at the ways in which our nation...
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