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New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

A Federal appeals court has put a stay on crucial reforms to the NYPD’s controversial policy—but will next week’s mayoral election render the stay moot?

(Courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)

The FBI employs the same repressive tactics as the NYPD in its broad surveillance of Muslim communities. Why does the FBI get a pass?

(Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

Thanks to the drug’s illegal status, marijuana farms are not regulated—with serious costs to water and wildlife.

One journalist-provocateur’s journey into the drug war bureaucracy shows why previous efforts to reschedule pot have been DEA’d on arrival. 

President Barack Obama

While the press has hailed the president’s “public health” approach, the White House has cracked down on cannabis.

(Doug Chayka)

The fight against marijuana prohibition must put racial justice at the center.

(Reuters/John Gress/Files)

The federal government has subsidized the criminalization of millions of young people simply for having a small amount of  pot.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The grassroots struggle to free the weed has always been about more than just legalizing pot.

Medical Marijuana

The discovery of pot’s astonishing medical potential is the most compelling new reason for legalizing the plant.

Blogs

Solitary Watch reports that eight to nine prisoners are taking part in the strike, held at the federal government’s highest-security prison.

February 27, 2014

Activist Natalie Hynde was ordered to pay fines for blocking access to a drilling site in Balcombe, England. 

February 26, 2014

Michael Taylor was convicted for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl.

February 25, 2014

There's only one solution to the American obsession with personal safety: more guns.

February 25, 2014

Even before the whipping, the professionalism of the Cossack hosts springing up around Russia was unclear.

February 20, 2014

Ohio's official lethal injection cocktail came under fire after a grisly execution in January.

February 20, 2014

The agreement also includes a ban on the use of solitary confinement to discipline pregnant inmates.

February 19, 2014

Dunn fatally shot Jordan Davis, an unarmed black teenager, in 2012 during a dispute over loud music. He was found guilty on three charges of attempted murder.

February 15, 2014

A little wonkish background on the arrest and release of Brooklyn pastor Orlando Findlayter.

February 14, 2014

They are using their fame, however sudden and unexpected, to champion prison reform in Russia, the United States and around the world.

February 11, 2014