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Drug Crimes Archives

Senate considering new mandatory minimum sentences for drugs

Setting harsh drug sentences that judges couldn't reduce wasn't controversial in the 1980s, when the majority of mandatory minimum sentences were put in place. Today, however, we can see the results of the policy: jails and prisons nationwide are stuffed to capacity.

Sessions reinstates harshest penalties for low-level drug charges

"It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense," wrote Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his latest policy memo. "This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us. By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory-minimum sentences."

Economic analysis: Spending money on drug treatment reduces crime

It's emotionally satisfying to many people to feel that their lawmakers are "tough on crime." According to the New York Times' The Upshot blog, people are willing to pay 10 times their actual losses to prevent a second burglary -- and 100 times their losses to prevent a second armed robbery.

Drug crimes may implicate both state and federal charges

Officials across the country have been mounting large-scale drug stings. Last week, a force involving federal, state and local law enforcement officers served arrest warrants on over 40 suspects in a nearby jurisdiction. The suspects are accused of various drug crimes, including dealing. Of particular note is the preparation that went into the sting: Authorities began their investigation about six months in advance.

Facing drug charges in Indiana?

Hearing a loud knock on the door and seeing several uniformed officers with serious looks on their faces who are asking to come inside and "take a look around" is a frightening situation many young adults in Indiana have experienced. If the officers are granted entry, and they claim to discover something that raises suspicion of illegal drug activity. The result of such a visit might wind up with one or more persons handcuffed and shuffled off to the backseat of a police car.

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