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Polls show strong support for an initiative there. And it’s on the ballot in Oregon and Alaska, too.

Prison

How this country’s “tough on crime” ethos created a generation of graying inmates.

By facilitating access to treatment and services, Seattle’s drug-enforcement program actually helps those suffering from substance abuse, while revolutionizing criminal justice.

Inspired by Seattle, Santa Fe adopts the LEAD program to divert people arrested for drug possession away from the criminal justice system and into treatment.

While President Peña Nieto celebrates the Aztec Tiger, Mexico’s cartels reach deeper into the legal economy.

Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line.

Border

Along the US-Mexico border, the high-powered cameras are pointed at you and the drones are above you.

Drug arrest

In 1914, a racist fiction helped sell one of the nation’s first drug laws; 100 years later, it’s still with us.

Blogs

With forty-three disappeared student teachers presumed dead, Mexican popular resistance is creating new alternatives to the militarized narco-state.

November 20, 2014

Prop 47 offers relief to Californians punished for low-level, nonviolent crimes of poverty, which means it could be especially beneficial for women caught up in the criminal justice system.

November 12, 2014

Attacks on Gary Webb were  about discredting an African American movement in Los Angeles as it was about his revelations.  

November 7, 2014

The murder of students in Guerrero is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico's drug wars.

October 24, 2014

Bolivia has found a way to cut coca production without sacrificing the leaf's cultural importance or cracking down on small growers. But Washington's not having it.

September 22, 2014

An examination into our broken cannabis policy is well overdue—and should be about more than just marijuana.

August 4, 2014

The ACLU finds that SWAT teams spend more time kicking down suspected drug offenders’ doors than rescuing hostages or stopping gunmen.

June 24, 2014

Some anti-abortion activists are agreeing with feminists: Tennessee’s new law criminalizing pregnant women is awful. So why did it pass?

April 30, 2014

Obama has so far granted fewer pardons than any modern US president.

April 21, 2014

What does a positive test mean when your economic fate hinges on the result? What kind of “discipline” is maintained by subjugating bodily privacy in the name of “public safety”?

April 18, 2014