Health Poverty Action has launched a report calling for the global development sector to rethink its approach to the failing War on Drugs.
Entitled ‘Casualties of War: How the War on Drugs is harming the world’s poorest’, the report emphasises how drugs policy is very much a development issue.
Since the mid-twentieth century, global drug policy has been dominated by strict prohibition, which tries to force people to stop possessing, using and producing drugs by making them illegal.
This approach, which has come to be known as the ‘War on Drugs’, has not only failed to achieve its goals – it is fuelling poverty, undermining health, and failing some of the poorest and most marginalised communities worldwide.
Prosecutor could not be from the same city as the police involved
Rob Duke's insight:
This is a bad idea; but not for the reasons you might think I'd make:
1. Prosecutors are closely associated with the police and may lack legitimacy in the community; and
2. Prosecutors are elected or appointed, often with an expectation of limited tenure and hopes of advancing to higher office.
Given this, prosecutors are not the best choice. Instead, I'd advocate Seattle's idea of appointing special judges (often retired) to investigate officer involved homicides. It would not be difficult to advance this idea to include all serious allegations of corruption and use of force.
See also the French model of investigative judges (IJ) that accompany the police in all major investigations. The inquisitorial approach of that system may be advantageous for this area of law. If the IJ was charged with finding truth (to the greatest extent possible) first and foremost, then you might see great buy-in by both the community and the police.....
A Florida police officer uses a stun gun on an elderly man in Key West, who appears to be surrendering with his hands up. Miami's three major police departments have used Tasers on more than 3,000 people since 2007. Some 11 men have died after being stunned
FRUITLAND PARK — In the latest turn for a department that has been beset by turmoil in recent years, police Chief Terry Isaacs resigned Tuesday after being placed on administrative leave a day earlier.
Nearly a year after the Obama administration vowed to crack down on Border Patrol agents who use excessive force, no shooting cases have been resolved, no agents have been disciplined, a review panel has yet to issue recommendations, and the top two jobs in internal affairs are vacant.
This post originally appeared in WIRED. A year ago, the Department of Justice threatened to put Fidel Salinas in prison for the rest of his life for hacking crimes. But before the federal government brought those charges against him, Salinas now says, it tried a different tactic: recruiting him. A Southern District of Texas...
Rob Duke's insight:
Yeah, that's kinda how it works. We won't charge you if you'll do some undercover work, but if you refuse, we throw the book at you....
Scottland’s police stop-and-search policy has been controversial for years, and a parliamentary justice subcommittee has been trying to get to the bottom of some fishy statistics about recent stop-and-search rates for groups like children. But it turns out that there’s something really basic at work: The police department accidentally deleted...
The largest organization of public defenders in the country is building a “cop accountability” database, aimed at helping defense attorneys question the credibility of police officers in court. The database was created by the Legal Aid Society, a New York–based nonprofit that represents an average of 230,000 people per year...
Rob Duke's insight:
How will it be vetted? If it's just like Yelp! for cops, with no vetting, it will just become a hangout for all those disenfranchised and/or slightly off bubble folks who harangue and engage in fits of hyperbole.
Run by legal aid may be ok, but it remains to be seen whether the data will be good data. Garbage in: Garbage out.
Decisions individuals make cannot be necessarily managed by external factors; although, if ethical training helps individuals to understand and prepare for the internal factors that might be experienced while dealing with ethical dilemmas....
A Republican president presides over a historic economic collapse, allowing his Democratic opponent to win the White House in a walk. Once inaugurated, the new president signs into law a mix of emergency legislation intended to goose the economy and long-term reforms to benefit the least fortunate. The new president...
On Thursday a group of strange bedfellows made news by announcing a new organization that will promote criminal justice reform in Washington, with backing from the conservative Koch brothers and the liberal American Civil Liberties Union, among others. The arrival of the organization—called the Coalition for Public Safety—would appear, at...
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore made news this month after he defied a federal order requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages. Moore has a history of defying federal orders, and many Americans were baffled as to how his lawless grandstanding could only make him more popular in ensuing elections....
Criminal justice reform is a contentious political issue, but there’s one point on which pretty much everyone agrees: America’s prison population is way too high. It’s possible that a decline has already begun, with the number of state and federal inmates dropping for three years straight starting in 2010, from...
Rob Duke's insight:
Cops got more efficient; and, Prosecutors began filing more aggressively....that's the cause of the prison boom.
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