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The Absence of Justice in Life Sentences for Non-Violent Crimes

We have previously discussed that one of the primary aims of the American criminal justice system is to hold criminal offenders appropriately accountable for their actions. Tragically, decades of mandatory minimum sentencing laws and other “tough on crime” approaches have produced punishments that are often grossly disproportionate to the criminal wrongdoing of low-level convicted offenders. A large number of...

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Florida man sentenced to 20 years for drug crimes

Drug charges can result in very serious consequences for individuals in Florida. Drug convictions can mean serving time in prison as well as living with the stigma of having a drug conviction on your criminal record for the rest of your life. A recent drug case in Florida is an example of the serious consequences individuals can face if...

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Why the drug war is doomed

An article in Forbes by Jacob Sullum examined the economics of the war on drugs.  I have read plenty of articles which looked at the amount of money that the United States has expended in the war on drugs including law enforcement, prosecution, and incarceration.  However this is the first article that I have seen which looks at this from...

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Black Market Drug website SILK ROAD finally closed for business

Its taken years for the FBI to catch up with the black market website Silk Road and shut them down. The black market drug sales have been going on for years and escaping the grips of federal criminal law enforcement while playing a simple cat and mouse game to avoid detection. The FBI is now accusing Ross William Ulbricht of...

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Florida troopers arrest 3 for drug charges following traffic stop

Three individuals were arrested after a traffic stop in Florida allegedly led to the discovery of illegal drugs.  The drugs were claimed to have been hidden inside of the rental car.  Florida troopers reported finding a drug commonly known as Molly, high-grade marijuana, and ecstasy pills.  The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the total weight of the drugs was...

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FDA Finally Wakes up with new Opioid Labeling, but still not enough

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced a new requirement for prescription pills containing Opioids, such as Oxycontin to have starker warning labels. Its pretty pathetic for the FDA to now (Spetember 2013) be releasing this requirement and statement: “FDA is extremely concerned about the inappropriate use in opioids, which has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and has become...

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The Resurgence of Molly

When it comes to drug crimes across the country, Molly is certainly making a resurgence.  The drug commonly referred to as Molly is making a comeback from the 1990’s. Molly, which is pure MDMA which is the ingredient typically combined with other substances in Ecstasy pills, is a popular dugs for teenagers and young people involved in music raves....

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Addressing Florida’s incarceration transition inadequacies

The criminal justice system functions most basically on two levels. First, the system seeks to protect the public by deterring crime, prosecuting those crimes that occur and preventing former criminals from reoffending. Second, the system seeks to respect the rights of those who are accused, those who are convicted and those who have been released back into society. Too...

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Florida makes selling marijuana devices illegal

Earlier this month, Florida legislators effectively enacted a bong ban. What does this piece of legislation mean practically for Floridians? Essentially, it is now illegal to intentionally sell devices used to facilitate the enjoyment of marijuana. Though violations of this device distribution ban will not be punished as severely as other drug crimes are, it will place certain businesses...

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Orlando arrest crosses Fourth Amendment lines

Police misconduct can occur on a number of different levels. An officer may leave pertinent information out of a police report, conduct an identification process that crosses lines or even become overly physical during an arrest, and there are consequences for the violation of citizen rights or limitations set out by law. Consequences include the exclusion of evidence that...

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