Newest Weapon in War on Drugs? Special-Ed Kids

By BitcoDavid AlterNet reports that a California school administrator forced a Special-Education student to buy marijuana from a teenaged suspect, for a police sting. The boy is now the subject of bullying, violence and threats, and his parents are suing the district. In a complaint filed against the Temecula Valley Unified School District this month, […]

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Militarized Cops and Drug War Victims

By BitcoDavid The Huffington Post recently featured a story by Radley Balko, author of Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces. The article centers around the death of Cheryl Ann Stillwell, a middle-aged single woman, shot to death in a police raid gone awry. According to Balko, Stillwell was a recluse, […]

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Law Enforcement Incentivized to Lie in Drug War

By BitcoDavid Michelle Alexander has written a book that has received mention on these venerable virtual pages –  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. She recently wrote an OpEd for the NYT, on the propensity of police officers and other law enforcement to lie on the stand in regards to […]

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San Francisco Animator Explains Drug War

By BitcoDavid This video by I Shot Him, a San Francisco based graphics studio, details the effects of America’s drug war, in Mexico and chronicles the violence by Mexican Cartels and the military. The video is also available on YouTube, but only with their speech recognition captioning, which even in a simple – single voice […]

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A Word on Police Militarization

By BitcoDavid On May 18th, President Obama signed an Executive Order, effectively banning the transfer of military equipment by the Federal government, to community police departments. This is a step in the right direction, and will help to end what has become nothing short of a war between the police, and the communities they are […]

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A Victimless Crime?

By Supporter Contributor Matthew Gilbert A few days ago, I saw a post by someone who was grieving for a loved one lost to drug overdose. They made the point that there are victims to drug use. I was not about to argue with a grieving person and I am not now going to. How […]

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Something Different for New Years

By BitcoDavid This isn’t about the Deaf. It isn’t about rampant police overreach or even about the failed war on drugs. For our last post of 2014, I decided on something a little different. If God rested on Sunday, he woke up Monday morning, clear headed and with fresh eyes. His last – his bestest […]

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When Officer Friendly Becomes Delta Force

By BitcoDavid I find myself bombarded by images and news stories of police committing what can only be called atrocities on American citizens. I’ve struggled with this for the past few weeks, because we’ve talked before – on this site – about the dangers of militarization of the police. Recently, our publisher asked me to […]

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Get Off Your Bicycle and Throw Something

By BitcoDavid Ahh. It’s June at last. Summer – or Spring – or something other than an Arctic freeze – is finally here. Of course Felix Garcia still rots in prison, and the War on Drugs still rages. False confession still abounds, and Waitstaff still hand Braille menus to Deaf patrons. As most of you […]

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Drug Menace in Prisons Remains a Concern

  By Supporter Contributor Rebecca Gray   It is not an overstatement, and may seem more than obvious to most, that the War on Drugs is directly connected to the problem of prison overcrowding in this country. It would seem logical then, that those convicted of drug-related crimes could get some help for any substance […]

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An Interview With Prison Author Glenn Langohr

By Glenn Langohr As most of your readers already know, you’ve spent some time in prison but have now turned your life around.  Can you tell us what happened to land you there and how your change/rehabilitation came about? Two good parents raised me, but they divorced when I was 12 years old. Being a […]

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Super Huge Digest Post – 6/14/2013

By BitcoDavid OK. Spark up a Cohiba and get settled in. Books and Movies We recently did a review of the book, Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. Well, Netflix is planning a streamed television series based on the book. As many of you may be aware, Netflix is working to position themselves […]

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Cindy the Pooch – Public Enemy

By BitcoDavid We have to stop this. The latest victim in the failed war on drugs is a veteran’s dog. AlterNet reports that on Monday, June 3rd, another military commando SWAT team, armed with – among the tear gas grenades and AK47s – a search warrant for the wrong address, shot and killed an Iraq […]

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By BitcoDavid Here’s a joke. The President decides to stage a contest to determine which among the FBI, the CIA and the LAPD is the best law enforcement organization. He informs the three, that their challenge is to find a rabbit in the woods. A month goes by, and the President calls representatives from each […]

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LockUp / X’ed Out: A Video Documentary

By BitcoDavid This video was originally aired on MSNBC, but I found it on BGTV. I can’t caption it, because it’s 45 minutes long, but it’s a YouTube embed, so you can use their automated CC button if you need captioning. BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was […]

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Digest Post 5/3

By BitcoDavid OK, today’s digest post is huge. Let me start with a quick anecdote vis-à-vis this ear bud thing. A woman who fights at my gym, Kim – for whom I have a great deal of respect – is involved with the Team Blood project, and therefore contributes to numerous charities. She’s been holding […]

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Be Afraid… Be Very Afraid

By BitcoDavid They’re everywhere, lurking under every rock, skulking behind every dark corner. The evil doers. The criminals, bent on the senseless destruction of all you hold dear. They exist only to rape your daughters, steal your goods – oh, and hack into your identity. Whether it’s crazed road ragers who will shoot you for […]

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March 10th Digest Post – NYT

By BitcoDavid First off, The Times filed this under their Weddings and Celebrations column. Michael Morton and Cynthia May Chessman are newly-wedded man and wife. Morton however, was just freed from a Texas state prison facility, due to exoneration by DNA – thanks to the efforts of the Innocence Project. He had served 25 years […]

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Digest Post – Sunday 1/13/2013

By BitcoDavid Truthout reports today, that the infamous supermax, Tamms, is officially closed. The solitary confinement maximum security facility in Illinois closed on January 4th. DeafInPrison.com would like to thank Solitary Watch for alerting us to the story. “There is not a single man left behind. The era of the notorious Tamms supermax prison is […]

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