Jeff Kaufman joined the New York Police Department in 1980 because he wanted to serve his community. He left six years later because the state’s drug laws made that impossible.
The U.S. Africa Command and Central Command squanders $500 million fighting a drug war in a scandal that catches the essence of what may be the true opioid crisis of 21st-century America.
The drug war is a cash cow for prison owners, cops, guards, lawyers, judges, bailiffs and others.
The attorney general's announcement about freeing federal prosecutors to go after marijuana operations in states where it is legal has provoked strong bipartisan opposition.
To some, the attorney general’s new policies look like an effort to wrap more chain around people of color and the poor.
As the world focuses on state violence from Syria to Iraq to Yemen to North Korea, the groundwork is being laid for unchecked state violence here at home. As the world focuses on state violence from Syria to Iraq to Yemen to North Korea, the groundwork is being laid for unchecked state violence here at home.
After 13 years covering the U.S. war on drugs in Colombia, an investigative reporter begins a new journey with his family—learning how to live with an invisible illness.
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