The American Civil Liberties Union charges that Nebraska’s prisons are illegally overcrowded and suffer from a shortage of corrections officers and mental health workers.
Three states have acted this year, and three others have abolished civil forfeiture entirely, says the libertarian Institute for Justice.
The jump in fatalities was driven by heroin and synthetic opioid use and by an increasing number of deaths among teenage girls, the National Center for Health Statistics reported.
Once a minor player in the drug crisis, the man-made narcotic — about 50 times stronger than heroin — is directly linked to thousands of overdoses and a shocking rise in fatalities nationwide.
Twenty-five applications have been filed to grow marijuana for research, but the main Justice Department refuses to let the Drug Enforcement Adminstration act on them.