Three powerful incarceration stories from the Drug War: Antoinette Frink, Luis Rivera, and Barbra Scrivner
By Joe Chivers Decriminalization of medical marijuana is a hotly contested topic around the world. While in the United States, 29 states have legalized the drug for this purpose, in other regions, it isn’t so clear cut. Europe, as a...
In June of 2016, Drug War Stories did an extensive profile of Commuted Drug War Prisoner, Rudy Martinez, who had been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on a conspiracy drug conviction.  Thankfully, former President...
"A life sentence, is worse than a death sentence!!! A death sentence you die once!!! A life sentence you die a little every day!!!!" Michael Pelletier, a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair since he was eleven years old, was convicted of...
On this day when we honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., I couldn't help wonder what Dr. King might say today about the War on Drugs.
Hearing of Robert Jones, a 70 year old cancer patient terminated from HUD housing for using medical marijuana: “I am not a criminal. I have never been a criminal. I am not involved in drug related criminal activity. I beg you to keep my housing supplement.”
  Alana Moore is a former meth addict who is serving a mandatory sentence of Life Without Parole following her third drug-related conviction, which consisted of trading boxes of Sudafed to a meth cook/dealer in exchange for cooked meth.  Like so...
Tim Tyler, at the age of 25, received the mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of parole, for selling LSD.
First in a series on the Mexican Drug War By Joe Chivers It is no exaggeration to say that the Mexican Drug War is one of the worst crises of modern times. Thanks to a mix of the U.S.’ war on...
The United States blames Mexico for the supply. Mexico blames the U.S. for the demand. And around and around we go.“We learn from history that we do not learn from history” is one of my favorite, albeit apocryphal, quotations...

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