Criminal Cartels And The Rule Of Law In Mexico: Summary
The cartels have thousands of gunmen and have morphed into diversified crime groups that not only traffic drugs, but also conduct mass kidnappings, oversee extortion rackets and steal from the state oil industry. The military still fights them in much of the country on controversial missions too often ending in shooting rather than prosecutions. If Peña Nieto does not build an effective police and justice system, the violence may continue or worsen. But major institutional improvements and more efficient, comprehensive social programs could mean real hope for sustainable peace and justice. [more inside]
"Twelve years ago, Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin go unindicted and possession is a misdemeanor on par with illegal parking. Experts are pleased with the results
." [more inside]
Len Bias has been dead for longer than he has been alive
. For ESPN Michael Weinreb examines how the tragic death due to a cocaine overdose of this young, up and coming basketball star affected both the sport and American drug policy. Meanwhile at Deadspin
, Tommy Craigs explains how twentytwo years after his death Len Bias still makes everyone crazy
Law enforcement authorities are in awe of the new wave of narco "supersubs"
that are being found in the jungles of Colombia. [more inside]
The US Sentencing Commission
has recommended that Federal sentencing guidelines
be reduced for crimes involving crack cocaine -- and is now deliberating making the new guidelines retroactive for prisoners already incarcerated
. [WaPo] If taken into effect, about 3,800 inmates could be released by this time next year. [more inside]
Tale of the Coke Monkeys. GAH!
Coke may lead to Cannabis! It's Salon, but it's hilarious.