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Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal

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Donna Sharp's comment, November 6, 2012 12:08 AM
I think that this was a pretty risky experiment as they call it, but it actually worked. Which I guess does make a little since, adults and children alike seem to be lured to acts and behaviors that tend to be risky and/or illegal and with the stigmata gone because it was no longer illegal people were less drawn in. It makes me think about underage drinking…honestly I drank more before the age of 20 then I have since turning 21 but while I was underage it was exciting you are doing something you are not supposed to be doing and then once a person turns 21 and its legal to drink it wasn’t as appealing, if that makes since. I also think that it was a great idea that Portugal had when they stopped their war on drugs and focused on the treatment of those who were addicted and it’s amazing the results they have had. I don’t think that the US will ever go this far as to decriminalize ALL drugs but if it could work in another country the only way we would ever find out would be to try it and wait for the outcome.
Benjamin Russell's comment, November 15, 2012 2:02 AM
I do not find this article convincing. Not only are the results hard to believe, but the source seems very bias and the article is very sloppy and vague. Setting that aside though, experiments similar to this one are always going to be very inaccurate because there is no accurate way to measure how many people were on drugs in the first place because only a low percentage of people will give up that sort of information in the first place. Secondly, legalizing the drug isn't going to do anything to help lower numbers of individuals that are already on the drugs. There is no way that a crack head is going to decide to give up the pipe just because it is legal now. The only way to stop the usage of hard drugs like that is to prevent it from being used in the first place.
Chris Castillo-Romo's comment, November 17, 2012 11:14 AM
Not at all surprised by the results of Portugal's revision in policy. I've always had faith in the tenets of Restorative Justice and I'm glad to see further evidence of its efficiency, particularly in a field as long-standingly troubled as drug enforcement. The decriminalization of all drugs was interesting addition to the restorative efforts as well, I feel that this helped provide a change in perspective not just in "sentencing" but also throughout the Portuguese judicial system.
RE: Ben Russel: I agree that some experiments are difficult to gauge accurately, but when you see a reduction as large as half, a concession to its effectiveness, I feel, must be made. Secondly, Portugal didn't legalize drugs, merely decriminalized them, and while the change in legislation doesn't bring existing numbers down, it has obviously put a dent in the rates of usage increasing, which goes in keeping with your belief that drug prevention should be the main focus. As for those who already are addicts, the reversal from punishment to treatment covers that concern as could best be expected.
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Training Police Departments to Be Less Biased

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An interview with an expert who’s been working with police departments in American cities.
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The Residents of Ferguson Do Not Have a Police Problem. They Have a Gang Problem.

Darren Wilson is not the first member of a gang to be accused of something he did not do. If only the cops of Ferguson extended to their own citizens the same due process he received.
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Ferguson was bad.  Interesting article.

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Stoned rabbits? DEA agent says medical marijuana endangers bunnies

Stoned rabbits? DEA agent says medical marijuana endangers bunnies | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
At illegal grow sites, he said, his team saw “even rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana, where one of them refused to leave us.” Even after Fairbanks and his group cleared the space of weed, the rabbit’s “natural instincts to run were somehow gone,” he added.
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In other news, Elmer Fudd held a press conference to say: "Well, that expwains awot, huh-huh-huh!"

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In other news, Elmer Fudd held a press conference to say: "Well, that expwains awot, huh-huh-huh!"

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DOJ: Wilson won't be charged in Ferguson fatal shooting

DOJ: Wilson won't be charged in Ferguson fatal shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A scathing report denounces the Ferguson Police Department for biased law enforcement.
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LAPD Involved In Another Skid Row Confrontation After Man Attacks FOX 11 Camera (VIDEO)

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(FOX 11) - RELATED | Officials: Homeless Man Killed In Police Shooting Stole French IdentityRELATED | LAPD Chief: Homeless Man Grabbed Officer's Pistol Prior To Fatal ShootingCopyright 2015 FOX 11 ...

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Are The Racial Disparities In Ferguson's Traffic Stops Unusual?

Are The Racial Disparities In Ferguson's Traffic Stops Unusual? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
For years, black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have been disproportionately targeted by the city’s police officers for traffic stops, according to a damning Justice Department report released We...
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Mexico Calls for Probe of Police Killings in the U.S.

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Three Mexicans have been killed by U.S. police in under a month.
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And, we should get to the bottom of those 43 missing students suspected of being killed by the police...oh wait, scratch that, those were Mexican cops that did that....

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School police officer charged with assault of 3 students

A grand jury has indicted a school police officer on charges of assaulting three students.
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Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

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A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, law enforcement officials...

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NYPD using new tactic in taking down suspects, undergoing Police Academy training

NYPD using new tactic in taking down suspects, undergoing Police Academy training | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Taking down out of control suspects is very much on the mind these days of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. The NYPD is now tackling a new technique.
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No more LVNR?

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Lethal Rejection: Will the Supreme Court's Lethal Injection Review Kill the Death Penalty?

Lethal Rejection: Will the Supreme Court's Lethal Injection Review Kill the Death Penalty? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. Here’s what it means for the death penalty.
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Will 'DNA Phenotyping' Lead to Racial Profiling by Police?

Will 'DNA Phenotyping' Lead to Racial Profiling by Police? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Bioethicists, geneticists, attorneys, and cops weigh the pros and cons of a radical new science.
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Texas Town Experiences 61% Drop in Crime After Firing Their Police Department

Texas Town Experiences 61% Drop in Crime After Firing Their Police Department | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
This town got tired of being a base for revenue generation, so they found a new solution; a peaceful and much more effective one.
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A ‘grey area’ over new state police commissioner’s uniform

There is a controversy brewing over Governor Tom Wolf's nominee for state police commissioner. It's a cabinet position, but Colonel Marcus Brown, 50, says he will wear a state police uniform and carry a gun even though he didn't graduate from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Brown has been wearing the grey uniform to work…
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Give me a break, he's been a cop for years in neighboring states, which are so close and small, they'd be counties on the Western side of the country.  So, he hasn't been through your academy?  Is your academy so much more professional than the one 100 miles away across state lines?  Do you really want to perpetuate the image of cops always having to whip out their wedding tackle to see who has the biggest johnson?

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Red Bank police officer charged in violent arrest, resigns from department

Red Bank police officer charged in violent arrest, resigns from department | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Red Bank police officer Mark Kaylor has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and official misconduct for his role in the violent arrest of a Hispanic man in April 2014.
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Ferguson Police Employee Fired, Two Suspended for Racist Emails

A Ferguson, Missouri, police official has been fired and two others are on administrative leave pending an investigation of racist emails uncovered by the U....
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How the DOJ Reforms a Police Department Like Ferguson – Criminal Justice - FRONTLINE

How the DOJ Reforms a Police Department Like Ferguson – Criminal Justice - FRONTLINE | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ferguson is one of of more than 30 departments that have been compelled to make changes to its police force.

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9 Social Panics That Gripped the Nation, Were Totally False, and Did Horrible Lasting Damage

It's a lot worse than, "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" The latest in AlterNet's Fear in America series.
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#10.  Cops have latent racism.  Even cops of color are racist.

 

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Man Killed by LA Cops Was Using Stolen Identity: Authorities

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The homeless man who was shot to death by Los Angeles police in a confrontation that was captured on dramatic cellphone video was a convicted bank robber liv...
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When Not to Treat a Colleague as You’d Want to Be Treated

So what’s the solution?

Rabbits need to:
Recognize that guinea pigs may require more support, empathy and encouragement than other rabbits.
Understand that your impact on a guinea pig is many times greater than you imagine.
That one of the keys to turn guinea pigs into rabbits is to reveal that you aren’t as perfect as you may seem to them.
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Acknowledge and recognize that they are projecting unrealistic images onto someone.
Name the emotions underlying their judgement of the rabbits — is it fear, envy, jealousy, inferiority, a mix of all of these?
Avoid making assumptions. Reach out to enough rabbits to realize that they are human too.
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Female Santa Fe sheriff's office sergeant fighting demotion over sexual encounters

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SANTA FE - A female Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office sergeant is fighting a demotion and pay cut because, her attorney says, her off-duty sexual encounters with an on-duty, subordinate male deputy is the same…
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Ferguson's history of racial divisions

CNN's Randi Kaye looks at the racial injustices Ferguson residents say are occurring in their town.

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Alcohol Prohibition in America Is Not Over Yet

Alcohol Prohibition in America Is Not Over Yet | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There are still many areas where selling and even possessing alcohol is illegal. Research shows that they are probably not faring as well as their wet counterparts.
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Who's Policing the Police?

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One solution to improve officers' relationships with their communities: holding the bad cops accountable.
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5 Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask

5 Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
And how to reframe them for better results.
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1. what's the problem?

Better: What are we doing well and how do we build upon that?

2. who's at fault?

Better: How can we work together to shore up any weakness?

3. why don't you try_____?

Better: How were you thinking of doing it?

4. didn't we try this already?

Better: If we try this now, what will be different this time--and how might that change the results?

5. what's our iPad?

Better: What are our strengths?  What needs can we satisfy as well as Apple's iPad has done?

 

 

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