Are These Justice Policies Among The Worst Of 2014?


Denying public benefits because of drug use, which the Post admits isn’t new in 2014, is gaining steam, particularly among Republican governors. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker argues that he wants to prepare welfare recipients for a labor market that will require them to be drug-free. Yet drug testing is expensive and it threatens to block benefits from needy families. Finally, the Post targets civil asset forfeiture, in which police departments use millions of dollars in assets seized from people never charged with a crime to fund purchases of everything from coffee machines to surveillance gear to military-grade weapons. The practice isn’t new, but the policy has drawn renewed criticism amid heightened scrutiny of police tactics and equipment.

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