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US: Health Costs Soar Behind Prison Walls

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2015 - Aging Population of Inmates Serving Long Sentences Takes a Toll on Budgets COLEMAN PRISON, Fla. - Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a suspected heart condition and sometimes experiences vertigo.
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US: Health Costs Soar Behind Prison Walls

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2015 - Aging Population of Inmates Serving Long Sentences Takes a Toll on Budgets COLEMAN PRISON, Fla. - Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a suspected heart condition and sometimes experiences vertigo.
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US: Price Is Painful As U.S. Prison Population Ages

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 12 May 2015 - Human, Financial Toll High As Tens of Thousands Linger INSIDE COLEMAN PRISON, Fla. - Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a suspected heart condition and sometimes experiences vertigo.
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US: Calling A Truce

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 07:00
The Age, 10 May 2015 - In a Rare Moment of Detente, Democrats and Republicans Have Both Admitted That America's War on Drugs and the Subsequent Tough-On-Crime Policies Have Failed. How Did We Get Here? Politicians from across the divided political spectrum now agree tough policies on drugs and mass incarceration have failed, blighting inner-city communities.
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US MD: How 5.9 Grams of Marijuana Led to a 20-Year Prison Term

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 08 May 2015 - When Ronald Hammond appeared in a Baltimore courtroom on a charge of possessing 5.9 grams of marijuana, the judge scoffed at the case. District Judge Askew Gatewood told the prosecutor that "5.9 grams won't roll you a decent joint," according to a transcript of the 2012 case. "Why would I want to spend taxpayers' money putting his little raggedy butt in jail - feeding him, clothing him, cable TV, Internet, prayer, medical expense, clothing - on $5 worth of weed?"
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US CA: Column: Scott Thomas Anderson, Journalist

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 07 May 2015 - Author Scott Thomas Anderson's new book explores America's appetite for incarceration Journalist Scott Thomas Anderson has stuck his trickiest deadline yet. The author, hard-news evangelist and former SN&R colleague spent the past three years researching and writing his second nonfiction book, The Cutting Four-Piece: Crime and Tragedy in an Era of Prison Overcrowding, a tough work of long-form journalism that pries open the iron gates on America's penitentiary binge. The book is his second stab at crime-centric literary journalism, following his book Shadow People: How Meth-Driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America. Both books are bruising examinations of a society failing both victims and addicts. But his latest also contains a love letter to a profession in flux, particularly small-town reporters who out-hustled their big-market colleagues in illustrating how California's prison realignment experiment warped their communities. Over pints of hard cider and IPA, Anderson explains the origins of our prison crisis, why he hopes his work resonates with convicts and what he learned from SN&R's most notorious writer.
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US NJ: Column: Loving Trenton, Hating the Politics of Racism

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 04 May 2015 - I've been coming to Trenton-the state capital-for 20 years to protest and to utilize state services, but I never lived in Trenton. Hopefully that will be changing ASAP: I'm looking for a little spot to call home. I've been living at my mom's house for the last year and a half since returning from California. But this past year I've mingled, smoked, and schmoozed with hundreds of Trentonians. I don't know what it is about TRENTON, but I'm loving it to the point I'm attempting to live and open a business here. Last weekend I utilized one of the city's hidden jewels-the amphitheater at Mill Hill Park. What, you didn't know there was an amphitheater there?
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US OK: I Will Die In Prison For A Nonviolent Crime

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 03 May 2015 - With State Prisons Over Capacity, Some Are Calling for Reversal of Harsh Law Kevin Ott drew his first strike when he was arrested for a small bag of methamphetamine in his pocket in 1993. A year later, authorities caught the self-described country boy from Okemah with marijuana plants growing at his home. That strike got him 15 months in prison.
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Canada: Supreme Court To Hear Vancouver Drug Case

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 01 May 2015 - The Supreme Court of Canada decided Thursday it will hear an appeal of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offences in a Vancouver case, which could provide clarity on how sentencing policy fits in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It's the first challenge under the Safe Streets and Communities Act of 2012 brought in by the Stephen Harper government requiring one-year mandatory minimum jail terms for drug convictions.
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Chronicle AM: Federal Pot Banking Bill, OK Okays CBD Oil, IN Needle Exchange Approved, More (4/30/15)

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (STDW) - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 22:09

Seventeen congressmembers introduced a federal marijuana banking bill, CBD cannabis oil gets approved in Oklahoma, medical marijuana advances in Louisiana, Indiana approves needle exchange programs, and more.

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Federal Marijuana Banking Bill Filed. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and 16 bipartisan cosponsors yesterday introduced the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act (HR 7076), which would allow marijuana businesses to open bank accounts. The bill would provide banks with a "safe harbor" so they can offer accounts to such businesses without fear of federal retaliation.

Rhode Island House Committee Hears Testimony on Legalization Bill. The House Judiciary Committee yesterday heard testimony on House Bill 5777, the marijuana regulation, taxation, and legalization bill from Rep. Thomas Slater. No vote was taken; the bill was held for further study. Click on the title link for more hearing details.

Medical Marijuana

Oklahoma Governor Signs CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) today signed into law House Bill 2154, also known as Katie and Cayman's Law. It allows for the use of CBD cannabis oil by children suffering from epileptic seizures and sets up a study program.

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Senate Committee Vote. Only a year after overwhelmingly rejecting a similar bill, the Senate Health Committee Wednesday unanimously approved a medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill 143, sponsored by Sen. Fred Mills, Jr. (R-Parks). The bill is set for a Senate floor vote next week. The bill does not allow for smoked marijuana; only marijuana processed into oils.

New Synthetic Drugs

North Carolina House Votes to Ban New Synthetics. The House voted unanimously today to add more compounds to the state's list of illegal drugs. House Bill 341 adds the NBOMe (N-bomb) compounds to the list. The drugs are described as similar to LSD. The bill now heads before the Senate Rules and Operations Committee.

Texas House Approves Bill Giving Cops More Power to Move Against Synthetics. With no debate and on a voice vote, the House Wednesday approved House Bill 1212, which would give law enforcement greater ability to move against synthetic drug manufacturers. A final vote of approval was expected today, and then the bill moves to the Senate. Similar legislation is already moving in that chamber.

Harm Reduction

Indiana Legislature Approves Needle Exchange Programs. Faced with an HIV outbreak in one southwestern county, the legislature last night approved a bill allowing for the establishment of needle exchange programs throughout the state. Gov. Mike Pence (R) says he will sign SEA 461.

International

Canada Supreme Court to Take Up Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing. The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear an appeal of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses in the case of R v. Lloyd. Lloyd was arrested carrying small amounts of heroin, crack, and meth, and was subject to a one-year mandatory minimum sentence, but the Provincial Court found that sentence to be cruel and unusual. The BC Court of Appeal overturned the Provincial Court and increased his sentence. Now, the Supreme Court will decide if the sentence violates Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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CN ON: How Drug Treatment Court Rescued Her From The Streets

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 27 Apr 2015 - Restorative justice advocates say alternative to incarceration is more effective for addicts Most of Kathy Middleton's interactions with police have taken place in cheap motels and crack houses..
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US NM: Task Force Targets Illegal Painkiller Sales

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 26 Apr 2015 - NM Is No. 2 in the U.S. for Overdoses From Heroin, Opioids At the age of 53, barely literate and morbidly obese, Crystal Staggs hardly cut the figure of a drug dealer as she drove her white 13-year-old BMW around Albuquerque.
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CN BC: OPED: The Folly Of Mandatory Minimum Sentence Laws

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 20 Apr 2015 - What is the minimum punishment for a person, with no previous criminal record, who is convicted of growing six marijuana plants in their basement? What about for an otherwise responsible gun owner who stores her unloaded firearm safely with ammunition nearby, but who makes a mistake as to where it can be stored? Over the past few years, the federal government has been amending the Criminal Code so as to create an ever growing list of offences for which there is a mandatory minimum sentence.
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US CA: Column: SFPD's Ferguson Problem

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 09 Apr 2015 - The San Francisco Police Department worked hard to arrest Cassie Roberts. San Francisco cops along with Drug Enforcement Administration agents staked out Roberts and several dozen other Tenderloin denizens for weeks, recording and observing video of them from rooftops and parked cars. After a hand-to-hand-drug sale between Roberts and a confidential informant wearing a hidden body camera was caught on camera, a U.S. attorney went to a grand jury with Roberts' name. An indictment was issued, an arrest warrant was signed by a federal judge, and later, Roberts was apprehended and charged in federal court.
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US NV: Drug Treatment Industry a Failed Therapeutic Enterprise

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:00
Tahoe Daily Tribune, 08 Apr 2015 - The seeds of a health care revolution in drug and alcohol treatment are just starting to germinate. The outcome is far from certain, but, with billions on the table, an epic battle is percolating. Let's start with the convoluted back story. A hundred-plus years ago, drug and alcohol problems were generally viewed as moral weakness and/or personality defect confined to working class Caucasians or ethnic minorities. Alcohol and drug use was legal in America.
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US TX: Drug Policy Creates Local Outcry

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 07:00
Amarillo Globe-News, 30 Mar 2015 - Three men arrested in recent weeks could get life in prison after being caught with small amounts of edible marijuana products, a fact that has sparked an outcry from some Amarillo residents. Potter County sheriff's deputies arrested Eli McCarthy Manna, 30, and Andrew Bruce George, 27, after stopping them for an unspecified traffic violation March 16.
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US DC: Obama Commutes Sentences Of 22 Drug Offenders

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 01 Apr 2015 - Prison Terms Were Set Under Guidelines Now Deemed Too Harsh President Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentences of 22 drug offenders, the largest batch of prisoners to be granted early release under his administration as it steps up an overhaul of the nation's criminal justice system.
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