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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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Hawaii legislators: No more prostitution exemption for police

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Hawaii legislators in both the House and Senate agree that it's time to end an exemption that allows police officers to legally have sex with prostitutes.
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Resegregation in the American South

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back.
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Memorial Set for Fallen K9 Officer | 101 KXL

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Thailand Charges Journalists for Human Trafficking Report

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Two journalists in Thailand are facing criminal charges for publishing a story about Thai security forces' alleged involvement in trafficking Rohingya Muslims. The original report, by the Reuters new...
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Police Charge High School Student with Disorderly Conduct for Using an iPad to Prove He's Being Bullied

Police Charge High School Student with Disorderly Conduct for Using an iPad to Prove He's Being Bullied | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The teen sought proof that school administrators were ignoring his plight. So they had him arrested.
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Mounties say they asked CRA to delay announcing loss of personal data

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OTTAWA - Police say they asked the Canada Revenue Agency to hold off on telling Canadians that 900 social insurance numbers had been compromised
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Judges criticism of sex attack victim leads to complaint | Voxy.co.nz

Judges criticism of sex attack victim leads to complaint | Voxy.co.nz | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Sensible Sentencing Trust is lodging a formal complaint against a Judge who was reluctant to allow a sex abuse victim to read her victim impact statement in court saying the Judge showed an unacceptable bias towards the offender.
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Profiling Rules Said to Give F.B.I. Tactical Leeway

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The long-awaited revisions to the Justice Department’s racial profiling rules would continue to allow the F.B.I. to use that information for national security purposes.
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They've finally revised the rules on racial profiling, but not in a way that makes civil rights advocates happy. The definition of prohibited  profiling has been expanded to include not just race but gender, religion, etc. But they continue to allow the way agents map the ethnicities of areas and use that information to recruit informants. The changes have been in the works for about five years, and people will hoping it will take away at least some of the power of agents to do things like target muslims in particular in investigations. 

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Alleged victims of human trafficking cry police harassment

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The alleged victims of human trafficking have turned the table against their supposed police rescuers from a Japanese-owned cyberschool allegedly engaged in cybersex activities in Pangasinan.
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Anchorage Police discrimination trial begins Monday; brought by former undercover detectives | Seymour Tribune

Anchorage Police discrimination trial begins Monday; brought by former undercover detectives | Seymour Tribune | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Trial is scheduled to begin Monday in a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the Anchorage Police Department.
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Iraq war vet introduces military suicide prevention bill

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Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the first Iraq war combat veteran to serve in the Senate, has introduced legislation to reduce suicides among military veterans.
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Study finds mass misconduct by federal prosecutors

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The problems are also usually shielded from public scrutiny. (An internal affairs office at the Justice Department has found that, over the last decade, hundreds of federal...
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California state senator arrested in FBI sweep

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SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings
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The Product

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The Hemp Bottle is a reusable water bottle which is more durable, 100% safe, and a completely biodegradable alternative to harmful conventional plastic bottles.
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FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd | Government | TechNewsWorld

FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd | Government | TechNewsWorld | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The FBI is planning to have a fully operational facial recognition system in place by this summer and may be well on its way to reaching that goal. The system will be able to query a database of photos to identify individuals based on their appearance even if they do not have a criminal record, reported Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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14 injured after fire truck rams into California restaurant

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Police say two fire trucks have collided in a Los Angeles suburb, slamming one engine into a restaurant and causing several injuries, some of them critical.
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1971 | 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

1971 | 2014 Tribeca Film Festival | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Forty years before WikiLeaks and the NSA scandal, there was Media, Pennsylvania. In 1971, eight activists plotted an intricate break-in to the local FBI offices to leak stolen documents and expose the illegal surveillance of ordinary Americans in an era of anti-war activism. In this riveting heist story, the perpetrators reveal themselves for the first time, reflecting on their actions and raising broader questions surrounding security leaks in activism today.
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Finding Former Prisoners, at McDonald's

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My informal survey brought home to me how ubiquitous the experience of being in jail is in certain parts of America.
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Federal government stops fight with Nevada rancher over grazing land 

Federal government stops fight with Nevada rancher over grazing land  | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The federal government announced Saturday it will no longer enforce a court order to remove about 900 animals from a stretch of land in rural Nevada over a decades-long dispute regarding grazing fees.
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Air Marshal director stepping down amid agency gun scheme probe

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The outgoing director of the Federal Air Marshal Service is caught up in an investigation into an alleged operation by a lower-level supervisor to acquire guns for other officials' personal use, FoxNews.com has learned.
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State rejects idea of co-management of Alaska wildlife with Native corporation

State rejects idea of co-management of Alaska wildlife with Native corporation | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Alaska has created specific community-quota hunts to help the regional Native corporation Ahtna and others obtain wild game, but Rep. Don Young said at a congressional hearing that they aren't working.
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What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son

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The “special tax” on men of color is more than an inconvenience. A father shares his firsthand observations and fears. This post is part of a debate series on “Is Stop and Frisk Worth It?," an article featured in the current issue of The Atlantic magazine.
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Stop-and-frisk is an even bigger problem than I knew. This father recounts multiple occasions in which his son has been mistreated by authority figures including police, coaches and teachers, because of the color of his skin, and the stop-and-frisk policy that caused police to violate the son's constitutional rights was simply an extension of this prejudice. The father, who is white, contrasts his own experiences with authorities with those of his african american son, and the differences are striking. The article also explains how this continuous prejudice takes its toll on african american men, causing accelerated aging and even premature death. I can't believe that this is still happening in 2014. 

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Albuquerque police face hundreds of protesters

Hundreds of protesters marched past riot police in Albuquerque on Sunday, days after a YouTube video emerged threatening retaliation for a recent deadly police shooting.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 3, 1:37 AM
Cops make mistakes, but rioting is not going to make the situation any better, it will actually probably make the situation worse. The best way to handle a situation like this would be to have the upset party going to meetings and talk with the police about the problem. Rioting is going to make the situation worse by reinforcing the idea that the cops are dealing with violent people, which may cause them to use force again, which will upset the people. The cycle will continue to have problems until both groups can sit down and work their problems out together. It is never good when the civilians and police are on such separate ends of the spectrum.
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Brooklyn law student arrested for questioning cops parked at a bus stop to buy food, sues city for false arrest

Brooklyn law student arrested for questioning cops parked at a bus stop to buy food, sues city for false arrest | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Brooklyn law school student got a lesson in street justice from the NYPD after he complained cops chased a car from a bus stop — only to take the spot for themselves so they could buy food.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 3, 1:27 AM
I feel that there may be another side to this story. Although the person may be mostly correct, I would at least hope that a good officer would not arrest a person for just questioning them. I guess there are always bad eggs that slip through the cracks though. Not all cops are good, and if these cops are dumb enough to do this, then it is better to find out they can't handle power now then when lives are on the line.
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Kenya to use drones to fight elephant, rhino poachers

Kenya to use drones to fight elephant, rhino poachers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya plans to deploy surveillance drones to help fight elephant and rhino poachers and has introduced stiffer penalties for offenders, officials said on Tuesday.Poaching has risen
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