Morning Links: Traffic cameras, indigent defense, conventional wisdom on meth

#3 of 4 Slug: fx/redlight Date: 03/17/2005 Photographer: Larry Morris/TWP Neg# 166019 Location: Washington, DC Summary: red light cameras in Fairfax Caption: Red light camera at Chainbridge Rd and Lee Highway (traffic is eastbound on Lee Highway) StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Thu Mar 17 15:20:02 2005
A red-light camera in Fairfax in 2005. (The Washington Post file photo)

• Homeland Security walks back the story about the agency’s plans to create a database of information from the tracking of license plates.

• “The Sorry State of Indigent Defense”

• Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) urges the Kentucky legislature to restore the voting rights of felons.

• The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case about qualified immunity for police officers who engage in car chases.

• Florida suspends 700,000 driver’s licenses each year. The practice is sending people into poverty.

• A new report from Columbia University researcher Carl Hart argues that the effects of methamphetamine may be exaggerated, and we could be repeating the same policy mistakes we made with crack.

• A former executive for the traffic camera company Redflex “has accused the company of lavishing “gifts and bribes” on government officials in Arizona and 12 other states.

Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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