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

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Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal – Secrets of the Fed http://t.co/LO7CmriJ...
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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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EXCLUSIVE: Internal NYPD report on incident with Staten Island dad Eric Garner does not mention chokehold, states he was not 'in great distress'

EXCLUSIVE: Internal NYPD report on incident with Staten Island dad Eric Garner does not mention chokehold, states he was not 'in great distress' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
See no evil, hear no evil. Cops heard Eric Garner cry that he couldn’t breathe, a recording captured officers violently taking him to the ground and even Mayor de Blasio said he believes the asthmatic father of six was put in a chokehold. But an NYPD internal report prepared right after his death on Staten Island last Thursday plays down the incident, with supervising officers failing to note the chokehold and insisting Garner was not in “great distress.”
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Judge Rules Police Can Stuff Entire Email Accounts Into Evidence Lockers | Tech Law | TechNewsWorld

Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge issued an opinion stating officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect's entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect's rights under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein.
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New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution

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A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.
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In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviews - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviews - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a major and widely praised shift, county homicide detectives will begin recording all interactions with suspects in killings.
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Evesham police first station in New Jersey to require all police wear body cameras

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In an age where shaky cell phone footage leaked to YouTube has sometimes landed police departments in hot water, the Evesham Police Department has decided that they would rather be the ones behind the camera. Formerly PhillyBurbs
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Police: Men May Have Robbed California Bank Before

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Police were investigating whether the same men who robbed a bank, took hostages and led a deadly chase and shootout carried out other recent bank heists in the same part of Northern California, including one earlier this year at the very same branch. There were striking similarities between...
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When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid'

When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Whether I was working as a barista or a paralegal, the story was the same: My employers wanted me to keep my mouth shut about money.
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Police Scotland's stop-and-search rate nine times that of NYPD ... but watchdog 'buried' statistic

Police Scotland's stop-and-search rate nine times that of NYPD  ... but watchdog 'buried' statistic | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A police watchdog has been slammed after it buried damning parts of its own report into the scale of stop and search north of the Border.
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Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO

Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.
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Two cops pulled off streets, Staten Island DA looking into death of dad of six after NYPD cop put him in chokehold during sidewalk takedown — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Two cops pulled off streets, Staten Island DA looking into death of dad of six after NYPD cop put him in chokehold during sidewalk takedown — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A crisis over an unarmed man who died on a Staten Island street after a city cop grabbed him in a prohibited chokehold forced Mayor de Blasio to delay his Italian vacation Friday. Officers Daniel Pantaleo, with eight years on the force, and Justin Damico, a four-year veteran cop, were both put on desk duty a day after the death of Eric Garner, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
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Instant relief leads to false confessions - Futurity

Instant relief leads to false confessions - Futurity | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
IOWA STATE (US) — Innocent people may confess to a crime they didn’t commit to avoid short-term distress without regard … Continued
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Amtrak Cop Punch Lands Marine in Hospital: Police

Amtrak Cop Punch Lands Marine in Hospital: Police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An Iraq War veteran from New York City who landed in the hospital after an assault during a backyard party is calling for his alleged assailant to be fired from his police officer job at Amtrak.
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BREAKING: Border Patrol Members Threaten Mutiny to Protect Protesters

BREAKING: Border Patrol Members Threaten Mutiny to Protect Protesters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Border Patrol agents reportedly told their superiors that they would "stand down" if the DHS used force to end the peaceful Murrieta demonstrations.
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When It's Okay to Use Ethnic Slurs: A Guide

When It's Okay to Use Ethnic Slurs: A Guide | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Is it ever acceptable to talk about "Chinamen"?
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WTH? The first amendment doesn't have any provisos.  Who can envision when and why it may be necessary to say provocative messages?  To limit them with a rule is to court dangerous precedents.  Like pornographic images: we'll know them when we see them, but let's not make up rules that have unintended consequences. 

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New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution

New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.
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Fruitland Park, Florida, town of 5,000, stunned by news of police KKK ties

Fruitland Park, Florida, town of 5,000, stunned by news of police KKK ties | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into
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Brunswick police chief suspended in training probe

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The police chief for the city of Brunswick has been suspended amid an investigation into an online training program for officers.
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NYPD Cop in Chokehold Death Loses Gun, Badge

NYPD Cop in Chokehold Death Loses Gun, Badge | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Staten Island man who died as New York City police were trying to take him into custody appears to have suffered a heart attack, the NYPD said today.
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Leavenworth police urge cooperation with chase, shooting probe

Leavenworth police urge cooperation with chase, shooting probe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Leavenworth police have not yet released the name of the man injured in a chase and shootout that left a 5-year-old girl dead late Friday.
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The 'Facebook Cop' and the Implications of Privatized Policing

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Is the law applied evenly when a company foots the bill?
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Alaska VPSOs get official state backing for firearms training and use

Alaska VPSOs get official state backing for firearms training and use | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After the death of village public safety officer Thomas Madole, the Alaska Legislature voted unanimously to allow Native associations to let the officers carry handguns. The bill was signed into law Friday in Naknek by Gov. Sean Parnell. 
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NYPD patrol guide clearly states members cannot use chokeholds

NYPD patrol guide clearly states members cannot use chokeholds | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After several people were asphyxiated while in police custody, the NYPD forbade the use of chokeholds in 1983, stating it could only be used when an officer’s life was in danger. Former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly banned the use of chokeholds all together in 1993.
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Hamill: Widow of Staten Island dad who died after cop put him in chokehold remembers husband as 'gentle giant'

Hamill: Widow of Staten Island dad who died after cop put him in chokehold remembers husband as 'gentle giant' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Esaw Garner, affectionately known as Pinky, says that cops killed her husband, Eric Garner, as they subdued him on a Staten Island sidewalk. Pinky says the beloved father and grandfather was nonviolent: 'His bark was always bigger than his bite.'
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Mountie's answer to pain: suicide

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The beheading that took place on a Greyhound bus near Portage la Prairie in 2008 has claimed another... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press.
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Gang Seeks Recruits to Kill More NJ Police Officers: Memo

Gang Seeks Recruits to Kill More NJ Police Officers: Memo | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police in Jersey City are being warned after an internal department memo obtained by NBC 4 New York says a gang there is recruiting gang members across New Jersey to kill cops after a rookie police officer...
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