Tag: War-on-drugs

Baltimore Ends Prosecuting Marijuana Cases

Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, said on Tuesday that she would stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases regardless of quantity or prior criminal record. Mosby also urged state legislators to support a bill allowing her to vacate almost 5,000 criminal convictions, including corrupt police cases. “For far too long,…

Trump Calls for Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

President Donald Trump blew yet another dog whistle to his support base of racists when he called for the death penalty for drug dealers at a Pennsylvania rally over the weekend. Trump called the option to pursue the death penalty for drug dealers “a discussion we have to start thinking…

Heroin: White Addicts Get Rehab, Black Addicts Get Prison

By Kaitlyn D’Onofrio and Frank Kineavy President Donald Trump last week called the opioid crisis that is stymying white America “a national health emergency.” “As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue,” the president said. The opioid crisis disproportionately impacts white Americans: in 2015, 82 percent of the people who…

Jeff Sessions Seeks to Revive War on Drugs

President Donald Trump deemed himself the “law and order” president, taking a “tough on crime” stance emphasized during his inaugural address in January that described the current state of America as a dystopian society. Trump’s newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was highly contested, is promoting his agenda…

Department of Justice Putting an End to Private Prisons

Highly profitable private prisons, which aided in the increased incarceration of Blacks and Latinos due to racial disparities in sentencing, have been deemed highly unsafe. By Sheryl Estrada REUTERS The Department of Justice announced Thursday it will phase out its contracts with private prisons to “ensure that inmates are in…

GOP Senator: U.S. Has an 'Under-Incarceration Problem'

The war on drugs of the 1980s and mandatory minimum sentences have both contributed to the United States comprising approximately 25 percent of the world’s prison population despite representing about 5 percent of the world’s total population. However, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is taking a stand against bipartisan legislation to…