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Illinois Attitude on Marijuana Possession Is Slowly Shifting
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Illinois Attitude on Marijuana Possession Is Slowly Shifting

Illinois has historically taken a hard line when it comes to marijuana possession, but as the national attitude towards pot shifts, legislators in our state are slowly pushing for change. Now, three bills that would effectively decriminalize possessions of small amounts of marijuana are under consideration.

 

Here’s what you need to know about those three proposals:

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House Bill 5708, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, would make the possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana a “regulatory

Nonviolent Drug Offenders May See Early Release Soon
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Nonviolent Drug Offenders May See Early Release Soon

It’s no secret that the United States’ prisons are overpopulated with offenders serving time for nonviolent drug crimes. Now, however, the US Sentencing Commission is seeking to address that problem through an early release proposal. The proposal, which the Sentencing Commission passed earlier this month, will make over 46,000 current inmates eligible for early release starting in November 2015. As this policy is gradually phased in, it should cut the average prison sentence by about 25 months.

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We Need to Talk about Our Prison Population Problem
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We Need to Talk about Our Prison Population Problem

There are a lot of problems with our prison system, but the one I’m referring to in the title of my post is twofold. One, non-violent offenders often receive sentences that are disproportionate to their crime; and two, our prisons have become overcrowded and sometimes even inhumane because of all the non-violent offenders whiling away lengthy sentences behind bars.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the statistics first. As of 2009, there were 2.23 million Americans serving time … Read More

Date Rape: Warning SignsThat Can Save Your Life
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Date Rape: Warning SignsThat Can Save Your Life

When hearing the word “rape,” the image most people conjure is that of a masked assailant sneaking behind a helpless victim at night and dragging him/her to dark alleyways, where they can fulfill their criminal intentions. However, that’s not the only type of rape and also not nearly the most prevalent one: stranger rape is as tragic as any type of sexual assault, but the danger lies much nearer.

 

Approximately two-thirds of sexual assaults are committed by someone known … Read More

Racism in Drug Arrests: Blacks, Four Times More Likely to Go to Jail
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Racism in Drug Arrests: Blacks, Four Times More Likely to Go to Jail

There may be little or no difference between the amount of pot white and black people smoke, but there’s surely a huge gap between black/white drug arrests. According to a detailed report by the American Civil Liberties Union, black Americans are four times more likely to get arrested for drug use and possession. The data, collected from all 50 states and the District of Colombia, provides an accurate depiction of drug law enforcement by race and state.

 

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