Items tagged with proportionality

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The Next Step in Drug Treatment [26-04-13] The mandatory-sentencing craze that drove up the prison population tenfold, pushing state corrections costs to bankrupting levels, was rooted in New Y...
The unintended negative consequences of the 'war on drugs' [01-03-13] Criminalisation of drug users, excessive levels of imprisonment, and punitive sentencing practices, including mandatory sentencing, the death penalty ...
Addicted to punishment [01-01-13] In Latin America, trafficking cocaine so it can be sold to someone who wants to use it is more serious than raping a woman or deliberately killing you...
Marijuana decriminalization law brings down juvenile arrests in California [26-11-12] Marijuana is one of the primary reasons why California experienced a stunning 20 percent drop in juvenile arrests in just one year, between 2010 and 2...
Drug sentences now make more sense [20-11-12] The underlying aim of The Sentencing Council's new guideline for drug offences in England and Wales is to ensure sentences are consistent and the...
The Death Penalty for Drug Offences [20-11-12] Executions for drug offences have escalated in countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia against a trend towards abolition globally, reveals a new Harm ...
Disproportionate penalties for drug offenses in Mexico [12-11-12] The story of the Mexican drug war has generally focused on the violence perpetrated by drug cartels and the apparent inability to bring so many cri...
Drugs, crime and punishment [19-06-12] Proportionality is one of the key principles of the rule of law aiming to protect people from cruel or inhumane treatment. The principle has been esta...
'Bolletjesslikker opsluiten zinloos' [16-06-12] Bolletjesslikkers horen niet in de gevangenis. Het berechten en opsluiten van ongeveer vijftienhonderd kleine drugssmokkelaars per jaar heeft geen noe...
Dope smokers face fines but no court procedure [05-06-12] The Swiss Parliament has agreed in principle to impose a fine on consumers of small amounts of cannabis instead of opening a mandatory criminal proc...
Majority relaxed about cannabis use [22-05-12] More than half of Australians support reduced legal penalties for use of drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy, an analysis of a federal government surve...
New York police officers defy order to cut marijuana arrests [30-03-12] Police officers in New York are "manufacturing" criminal offenses by forcing people with small amounts of marijuana to reveal their drugs, a...
The war on the truth about drugs [25-01-12] What's the smallest unit of celebration? A whooplet? I need one to mark the news that sentencing for drug offences, in some cases, will be short...
Drugs mule terms cut in new sentencing guidelines [24-01-12] People who smuggle drugs will face more lenient sentences if they have been exploited, under new guidelines. The change in approach on "drug mule...
Drug guidelines suggest lighter sentences for 'social dealers' [24-01-12] Recreational drug users who naively buy small quantities to share with their friends could avoid jail under sentencing guidelines for drug offences. T...
Justices to Decide on Fairness in Drug Sentences [28-11-11] The Supreme Court agreed to resolve a question that has vexed the lower federal courts since Congress enacted a law to narrow the gap between sentence...
The punishment must fit the crime, even for drug users [02-11-11] The case of the Australian boy arrested on drug charges in Bali offers the opportunity to review our nation's own response to drug use, both he...
Congress on Speed [01-11-11] If Congress were functioning properly, it would take the time to consider the many potential improvements in drug policy that could save lives by pr...
'Legal highs' [21-10-11] This paper aims to set out some of the policy and public health issues raised by the appearance of a wide range of emergent psychoactive substances of...
Federal judge rules Florida drug law unconstitutional [29-07-11] A federal judge has declared Florida's drug law unconstitutional, potentially throwing thousands of criminal cases into jeopardy. U.S. District...

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