Federal Judges Moving Toward State “Drug Court” Models

Anytime the federal justice system takes a lenient stance on drug laws, it’s a little shocking. It’s particularly shocking when we see how tightly the Justice Department grips its beloved war on marijuana. But, some federal judges are taking cues from the states in how to punish small time drug offenders. According to the New […]

As OxyContin Use Plummets, Heroin Use Skyrockets

In what’s characterized as evidence of the “utter failure” of the drug war, abuse of the prescription opiate OxyContin is down as users flock to it’s cheaper cousin, heroin.

GAO Study Shows Drug Court Participants Less Likely to Reoffend

The U.S. Government Accountability Office released findings this month which looked at the effectiveness of drug courts around the country and their effects on participants. What they found bolsters support for the use of these alternative courts which can potentially save money both in the short and the long term.

Drug Courts on MSNBC’s Hardball

Great segment on MSNBC’s Harball tonight about Drug Courts. The piece featured actor Martin Sheen speaking about his decades long advocacy of drug courts nationwide, and how they can help people get treatment and not just punishment for their addition problems. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy More info […]