Cabbages and Basketballs: How Do Drugs Enter Our Prisons?

The standard PR “spin” from prison authorities around the U.S. blames ingenious schemes by prisoners for drug smuggling into facilities, but recent arrests of guards in Georgia offer a clue to where the biggest problem lies, writes a former inmate.

Border Drug Cases Down Amid Immigration Crackdown

As the Trump Administration pushed its “zero tolerance” campaign on illegal immigration, drug-trafficking cases dropped by 30 percent along the Mexican border. Serious felony cases are being declined because of more attention to immigration, says a former Justice Department official.

Weed Arrests Surge in Philadelphia Suburbs

Despite the growing cultural acceptance of marijuana use, arrests have ticked up significantly in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania counties adjacent to Philadelphia. Experts cite several factors, including opiate enforcement and court rulings that relaxed police search protocols.