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Morning links: Mental illness is overwhelming the criminal justice system

  • Another story demonstrating how merely shopping at a gardening store can subject you to a drug investigation.
  • “It’s time for conservatives to stop defending police.” Agreed. I don’t think conservatives should reflexively dislike police. I just wish they’d consider law enforcement with the same healthy skepticism that conservatives apply to other government institutions.
  • The Obama administration has brought espionage prosecutions against more people for alleged mishandling of classified information than all previous administrations combined.” And of course, one man’s espionage is another man’s whistleblowing.
  • USA Today takes an in-depth look at how mental illness burdens the criminal justice system.
  • But for video: Woman cleared of all charges after officer’s body camera contradicts his police report.
  • A Denver police officer pulls over an Uber driver, threatens to “educate” the driver and passenger on Colorado law. Problem is, the officer was wrong about the law. The driver and passenger have since received an apology. Of course, if the driver and passenger had been wrong about the law, they could not have used ignorance as a defense.
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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