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Eric Holder

Obama’s attorney general promised a new approach to criminal justice—but prosecutors can still block meaningful change.

A scene from El Infierno

All wars have their bards, and Mexico’s ongoing narco wars are no exception.

School buses

The school-to-prison pipeline has emerged quickly, but the corrosive effect of criminalizing children will be felt for generations to come.

Marijuana

After election day victories in Colorado and Washington, marijuana legalization activists are gearing up for more.

Weldon Angelos

Cases like that of Weldon Angelos, who was given a fifty-five-year sentence for selling marijuana, cry out for mercy. But calls for clemency have fallen on deaf ears.

Drug search

The unwinnable war transforms a freedom-loving republic into a freedom-fearing national security state.

 

Along with marijuana decriminalization in other states, the success of Proposition 36 in California is a ray of hope for those trapped in the abyss of the War on Drugs.

Inmate

Along with marijuana decriminalization in other states, the success of Proposition 36 in California is a ray of hope for those trapped in the abyss of the War on Drugs.

Turnout for a popular ballot measure that would fully legalize marijuana could determine whether Obama or Romney wins this important swing state.

More than 100 activists are traveling from the Mexican border to Washington, DC, to push the US to reconsider failed drug policies.

Blogs

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

The proposal would reduce sentences for nonviolent drug traffickers by about a year.

March 13, 2014

US officials claim the capture of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is a major drug war victory. They're wrong.

March 7, 2014

The unlikely allies are leading a push to reform sentencing guidelines for nonviolent drug offenders.

March 4, 2014

An internal review of the US Border Patrol raises serious questions about the agency’s use-of-force policy.

February 28, 2014

Currently commercial marijuana retailers have virtually no access to banks--but Attorney General Eric Holder says that might be about to change.

January 24, 2014