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Memo to the New Court: Let’s Avoid ‘Stupid’ Law

A former Supreme Court Justice once said, allegedly quoting Thurgood Marshall, that the Constitution doesn’t prohibit legislatures from enacting “stupid laws.” The only check on judicial ignorance or duplicity is engaged voters, says a commentator on drug issues.

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When Men Are the Victims of Domestic Violence

Our society still clings to stereotypes of men as being macho, strong and able to take care of themselves. So it’s no surprise if many victimized men feel they would get no sympathy, support or help if they admitted that their wives or girlfriends physically abused them.

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Why Do We Keep Our Aging Prisoners Behind Bars?

We spend an incredible amount of money warehousing older and sicker low-risk people, while not spending what we should on intervention and re-entry resources for young people. A smarter approach to incarceration would do the reverse, write two justice experts.

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The Perils of ‘Off-Label Sentencing’

Risk-assessment tools, which claim to predict the risk that an individual will commit, or be arrested for, criminal activity, are increasingly being applied to sentencing decisions. But they may cause more harm than good, writes a University of Richmond law professor.

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The ‘Phony War’ Against Opioids: Some Inconvenient Truths

The opioid crisis has very little to do with prescription drugs, says a leading researcher.   Patients treated for chronic pain with opioids–many of them elderly—are not dying from overdoses, and they shouldn’t be treated like addicts.

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Not Guilty—But Not Free 

When exonerated individuals finally leave prison, they are often free in name only. For many of them, the struggle to find employment, housing and mental health treatment is the “stuff of nightmares,” writes a former Baltimore public defender.

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Policing the Addiction Treatment Industry

Most Americans seem willing to accept that opioid addiction should be treated as a disease rather than a criminal offense. But the wide variety and quality of treatment and rehab facilities in the US means we should now double down on efforts to investigate which ones really perform, says an addiction expert.