Overdoses Prompt Policy Change in Vermont Prisons

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Featured, Prison Abuse, War on Drugs | Comments

What the head of prisons in Vermont does not say is what EVERYONE who knows the truth knows: most drugs in all prisons are brought in by prison staff! Their policy of amnesty for inmates willing to tell the truth would be great IF it actually led to prosecution of all wrongdoers, including staff! Excerpts from the Article: Two inmates overdosed over the weekend in the Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton, prompting corrections...

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Jail Ordered to Give Inmate Methadone for Opioid Addiction in Far-Reaching Ruling

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Featured, Other Issues, War on Drugs | Comments

This could be good news for jailed addicts, but the real answer is that many of them should not be in prison in the first place. They need treatment, not prison. Excerpts from the Article:   In a ruling that could have tremendous consequences for the country’s correctional system, a federal judge said this week that a Massachusetts man facing a jail sentence could not be denied access to treatment for his opioid addiction. Judge Denise J....

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Smyrna Police Department adds mental health clinician to patrols – Great news! With Letter to the Editor – kra PUBLISHED 12/19/18

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018 in Featured, Mental Illness, Other Issues, Take Action Now!, War on Drugs | Comments

While most “clinicians” are not well-trained, the mere presence of this person will heighten awareness of these serious problems and help officers how best to respond. i. e. Do NOT shoot first and ask questions later! Such policies will not only aid the public, but also will reduce the risk to police officers in some of their “strange encounters”! Of course, eliminating the “war on drugs”, the root cause of...

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High court likely to say states can’t levy excessive fines

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in Featured, Other Issues | Comments

This could be of tremendous importance, given the number of seizures by police in recent years. Did you know that in 2014 the police “stole”* more cash and property than was taken in all reported burglaries combined!? The bottom line for the whole system is that courts and the law should be FAIR.  Now it seems the Court will add the “Excessive Fines” to the Due Process clause of the Constitution to (there’s more...

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Eight Keys to Mercy: How to shorten excessive prison sentences – Comprehensive Study/Report – kra

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in Featured, Mental Illness, Other Issues, Prison Abuse, War on Drugs | Comments

Lots of studies and reports clutter the landscape of criminal justice reform where bold, simple laws are needed! This comprehensive (long) article reflects the degree to which justice now is elusive, not routine, in the system, and it discusses many possible improvements. IF YOU HAVE A SERIOUS INTEREST IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM READ IT; IF NOT SKIP IT, FOR YOU ARE LIKELY TO GET BOGGED DOWN AND CONFUSED! Having been immersed in all of these...

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