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3:37pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: Reforming Three Strikes

Throughout the 1990s, tough-on-crime laws were extremely popular in California. Numerous pieces of legislation lengthened prison terms for many crimes, and the War on Drugs locked up an unprecedented number of small-time criminals. However, it was California's Three Strikes law — approved by an overwhelming majority of voters in 1994 — that exemplified the tough-on-crime mindset of the decade.

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12:08pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: October 15, 2012

Cannabis leaf

(ASA) // The scientific merits of medical cannabis will be considered in federal court for the first time in nearly 20 years tomorrow. The US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC is set to hear oral arguments challenging the government’s classification of marijuana as a seriously dangerous drug, with no medicinal value. Their decision could come at any time, but proponents don’t expect an answer for several months.

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1:00pm

Fri October 5, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Lack of federal supervision leaves holes in prisoner healthcare

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

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4:14pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland City Council enacts controversial public seating rule

Demonstrators hold signs at a vigil for Alan Blueford last May at Oakland's police headquarters.
Flickr user greendoula

On September 18th, an incident cut short an Oakland City Council meeting (see what happened in the video below).

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1:00pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Tainted soap recalled from California prisons without explanation

Credit California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

September 10, 2012

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