• 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.