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  • Washington Post: Appointees

    The Post vetted Trump’s appointees, from the most visible to the virtually unknown, in ways the White House had not. Some of the results were disqualifying.
  • Prosecuting Pregnancy

    The criminalization of drug use in pregnancy is universally opposed by health officials and drug policy experts. But the idea that prison is a fitting punishment for prenatal drug use has become widely accepted in Alabama. Starting in 2006, prosecutors began charging women who used drugs during pregnancy with “chemical endangerment,” a form of child abuse that carries a one to 10-year prison sentence if a baby is unharmed and up to 99 years if a baby dies.
  • Drugs in the Ranks

    WTHR looked into the problem of drug use among public safety workers and found dozens of failed drug tests, agencies that let workers stay on the job despite failed tests, and administrations that refused to release records. City attorneys later revealed that three dozen firefighters were disciplined under drug policy.
  • Behind the Prop

    California's Proposition 36 aims to help drug offenders out of prison, saving the taxpayers millions. But as Stephen James uncovers, the goal of this plan isn't necessarily fulfilled. Proposition 36, also known as the Substance Abues and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 (SACPA), received great praise from its sponsor, the Drug Policy Alliance, who said that the plan would save California taxpayers $1.5 billion over five years. But James discovers that the law just may be a very expensive failure. SACPA allows for criminal offenders convicted of nonviolent drug possession to be sentenced to drug teatment instead of probation without treatment or jail time. James found that only about 10 percent of SACPA defendants actually complete the entire program.
  • Zero Tolerance

    The Texas Observer reports on the death of a Texas man at the hands of police on a drug raid gone wrong. There are conflicting reports as to whether officers announced themselves when they surrounded the house and knocked on Rusty Windle's door at 5 a.m. He came to the door with a gun. Seconds later he was dead. In Windle's home they found two baggies of marijuana totally less than one ounce.
  • In Drug-Policy Debates, a Center at Columbia U. Takes a Hard Line: Institute's studies grab headlines, but critics call its approach oversimplified

    The article analyzes the work of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The Center, run by the former Health, Education, and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano, has become one of the loudest voices in the debate over drug policy. It largely adheres to the government's punitive and prohibitionist approach to the drug problem. The story shows that the center's views do not reflect the range of debate in the field. Because it receives substantial financing from industry, its views often drown out those of other scholars. The story alleges that the center characterizes anyone who disagrees with it views as drug "legalizers."
  • NFL Drug Testing: Illegal Procedure

    WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.) "uncovered serious breakdowns in confidentiality, accuracy and fairness in the NFL's drug testing program. The drug policy was selectively enforced. Some players with drug problems never received the counseling or rehabilitation that the NFL says it requires."