America incarcerates a greater percentage of its own citizens than any other country in the world. And one of the largest contributing factors to our high prison population is the way in which drug crimes are addressed in the criminal justice system.
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The state of New York takes drug trafficking very seriously. Not only is the possession of drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine illegal, so is the possession of any substances or materials used to make them. However, the laws are complicated which means that there are multiple classifications for drug possession. There are five different degrees for selling illegal drugs, with the fifth-degree being the least severe.
The criminal justice system is only as fair as those who work within it. Most men and women who do this important work are honest. But it only takes a few bad actors to cause serious havoc and call the integrity of the entire system into question.
Most of us assume that police are required to tell the truth regarding matters of law. It stands to reason that someone hired to enforce laws should be forthcoming about which behaviors are legal or illegal. Unfortunately, that's not always how it works.
For many years, patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments have used marijuana to help relieve the side effects. After your recent diagnosis, it seemed like a good idea to have something on standby to ease the nausea once you begin your treatments. Unfortunately, it was not in the cards. After you purchased a half-ounce of the drug, the police pulled you over for a minor traffic infraction, searched your vehicle, and arrested you for drug possession.
Laboratory testing has become very sophisticated in recent decades. Forensic science has managed to convict individuals based on DNA evidence and clear wrongfully convicted individuals in the same manner. In a lab environment, drug testing is usually also accurate and reliable.
Schools have long had security guards, but over the past several years these guards have been replaced by police officers, often called school resource officers. While most school resource officers and students have at least a civil relationship, dealing with school resource officers is not the same as dealing with teachers.
There’s been a recent trend in the U.S. criminal justice system to decriminalize marijuana possession and to fix what many see as unduly harsh sentences for certain offenders. For example, The New York Times reported that Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont, a Democrat, has pardoned 192 people who had been convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession. These pardons had been given to people who had no previous violent crimes or felony convictions, and who had no DUI or reckless driving convictions.
Late last December 2016, a young woman had been arrested on a number of charges--driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance and with defective equipment, and marijuana possession. She posted bond from jail and was released the same day. What's unusual is what she did next.
In a bit of positive news, recent statistics have revealed national DUI rates have dropped to their lowest point in 13 years. The 2014 data was compiled through the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and was just recently made available to the public. Although there’s not one single factor contributing to the decline, the hope is that DUI incidents remain low.