cassandra

29
Aug

The Human Cost of Prohibition

When advocating for sensible drug policy reform, it is important to keep in mind not just the economic costs, but the costs in human lives and freedoms. The victims of the drug war are not statistics, but real people. They are people killed for defending their homes or cooperating with law enforcement. They are people denied the treatment they need

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12
Aug

Judge Declares NYPD 'Stop-and-Frisk' Unconstitutional

New York judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled that New York’s stop-and-frisk searches are unconstitutional and has ordered that a federal monitor oversee the police reform. New York’s stop-and-frisk policy has seen the New York City police stop an estimated 5 million people in the past decade. Though about 9 out of 10 have walked away without consequence from the stop,

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6
Aug

Josh Rosenthal Picks the Wrong Crime to Commit in America

Written by Eli Kurland, publicity director for New York University SSDP   Josh Rosenthal, one of the most recognizable referees in mixed martial arts, was sentenced yesterday to 37 months in federal prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to felony charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana. In April 2012, authorities raided a warehouse co-owned by

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24
Jul

On The Drinking Age

Today, I turn 21. For five full years the government has trusted me to safely operate a motor vehicle. For three full years, it has considered me capable of making my own decisions regarding tobacco products and tattoos. And, most importantly, for three full years I have been an adult in the eyes of the law. I am responsible for

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22
Jul

Announcing the Campus Drug Policy Gradebook

SSDP is proud to present its Campus Drug Policy Gradebook! SSDP analyzed the drug and alcohol policies of the top 300 U.S. schools according to Forbes Magazine. From this analysis, SSDP created the Gradebook, a resource which provides both a grade for each school and recommendations for improvement. How Schools Are Graded Campus drug policies were evaluated according to several

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3
Jul

Warrior Cops- Radley Balko to speak at Busboys and Poets

On July 23rd, SSDP will cosponsor an event at Busboys and Poets where journalist and author Radley Balko will discuss his new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Force. As a reporter for the Huffington Post, Balko has written before about police raids for drug crimes, often on questionable or mistaken grounds, and with terrible results. In addition, Balko has

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26
Jun

New Report, Old Solutions on International Drug Day

Today is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has released a new report encouraging people to stay healthy by abstaining from drug use. The report expounds more on the dangers of drugs and the necessity of discouraging their use, emphasizing in particular the risks presented by the plethora

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3
Jun

SSDP Welcomes Summer Intern, Cassandra Whalen

It’s easy to feel connected to important issues when you’re in D.C., but being involved and making a difference presents a greater challenge.  SSDP helps students coordinate their efforts to become involved and make that difference, and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of it this summer. Both by amassing relevant drug policy information and connecting with student groups,

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