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December 2019 Archives

Drugs found on Lil Wayne's private jet

Lil Wayne was accused of being in possession of a gun and drugs after flying from California to Miami on his private jet. Federal agents who had gotten a search warrant entered the 37-year-old rapper's Gulfstream G-V plane after it touched down at Miami-Dade Opa Locka Executive Airport on Dec. 23. Miami-Dade police officers were also part of the search team.

Ramped-up drug enforcement has unintended consequences

California is often in the forefront of new approaches in the ongoing societal effort to monitor certain chemical substances and punish their use, possession or other forms of control. For instance, as marijuana has progressed from a medically permissible substance to broad recreational use under state law, it continues to remain a Class One drug under federal law, the most restrictive classification. Federal offices rarely enforce those laws regarding marijuana, but how other drugs are classified and the fervor with which enforcement is prosecuted can result in unintended, and perhaps undesirable, consequences.

An outlandish tool police across the nation use regularly

California residents may be interested in learning about a tool that often used in police departments but is not so well known to the public. This tool is called Scientific Content Analysis. It is referred to as SCAN for short. While it is used in agencies across the nation, there is no reliable science to back it up.

Do I have the right to a trial by jury?

Following your arrest, you may have many questions about what happens next in the criminal process. Undoubtedly, police and prosecuting attorneys have explained to you the evidence they have against you, and they may even try to convince you to accept a plea deal. However, you may wish for an opportunity to dispute the evidence in court.

The racial divide in prisons is shrinking

The racial divide in state prisons in California and around the country narrowed considerably over the last 16 years, but African Americans are still far more likely to spend time behind bars than whites. A study from the Council on Criminal Justice released on Dec. 3 reveals that racial disparities for every type of major crime have fallen in state and local prisons across the country with the biggest demographic shift being observed among drug offenders. The racial gap is also lower among individuals on parole and probation according to the study.

THC vaporizing presents problems for law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies in California and around the country are struggling to contend with a flood of THC vaporizer cartridges that have been linked to deadly lung diseases. Drug users like vaporizing marijuana because it is discrete and avoids the distinctive aroma produced by smoking it, but many of the THC cartridges being sold on the street and in unlicensed dispensaries, which are often made in basements and backrooms, have been linked to serious health problems.

Longest Survivor of Solitary Confinement in U.S. Exoneree Albert Woodfox to speak at Criminal Justice Seminar

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Albert Woodfox, one of the "Angola Three," gained his unfortunate fame for serving over 40 years in solitary confinement -- the longest in U.S. prison history. After decades of activism and confinement - Woodfox's conviction was overturned for the third and final time. Woodfox will share his story of injustice, resilience and hope at the 46th Annual California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Seminar December 7th in San Francisco. His new book, Solitary, is a 2019 National Book Award finalist and a powerful call to reform the inhumanity of solitary confinement.

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