A Truce in the War on Drugs? Part II

by Mary C. Piemonte

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson speaking at a symposium on the War on Drugs at Northwestern Law School in mid-February 2014. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson speaking at a symposium on the War on Drugs at Northwestern Law School in mid-February 2014. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte.

Editor’s Note: The article below was produced as part of the Social Justice News Nexus, a program launched this year by Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications with a two-year grant from the McCormick Foundation.

 

Will Drug Courts Ease Prison Overcrowding?
Drug courts are becoming an increasingly popular topic of conversation among elected officials as they scramble to find solutions to punitive sentences for those charged with low-level drug-related crimes.

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A Truce in the War on Drugs? Part I

by Mary C. Piemonte

U.S. Se. Dick Durbin from Illinois speaks at a recent conference on reforming the War on Drugs. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin from Illinois speaks at a recent conference on reforming the War on Drugs. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte.

Editor’s Note: The article below was produced as part of the Social Justice News Nexus, a program launched this year by Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications with a two-year grant from the McCormick Foundation.

Now that American prisons are swollen to capacity with thousands of non-violent, low-level drug offenders, public officials – like powerhouse U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), the majority whip, and even some judges – are shifting their attitudes about the War on Drugs.

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Nation’s Fastest Growing Drug Problem

by Mary C. Piemonte

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration

Controlled Prescription Drugs, or CPD, is the nation’s fastest growing problem in the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs that, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), “continues to constitute a dynamic and challenging threat to the United States” as well as “places a considerable burden on law enforcement and public health resources.”

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