Morning Links: Prescription drug crackdown causes heroin spike

March 10, 2014
  • The crackdown on prescription opioid medications has, entirely predictably, led to a spike in heroin use.
  • It’s been fascinating to watch the political right come around to embrace criminal justice reform. Here are a couple overviews, from National Journal, and from Huffington Post.
  • Terrible proposed law in Florida would make “bullying” a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. Good rule of thumb: Laws named after crime victims are almost always a bad idea.
  • According to witnesses and an autopsy report, police in Duncanville, Texas, shot an unarmed man, then left him to die without seeking any medical attention. They then put out a press release that elevates to an art form the use of the passive voice to avoid accountability.
  • Today’s surveillance state news: Dallas police say their license plate scanners record 10.5 million plates every three months.
  • And as police agencies find new and more innovative ways to watch us, some are making it more difficult for the public to monitor what they’re doing.
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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