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Black Residents Subject to 97 Percent of Marijuana Arrests, Citations in Albany

While the state of New York decriminalized marijuana possession for personal use in 2019, its capital, Albany, has been reserving…

August 6, 2020

End Civil Asset Forfeiture to Defund the Drug War

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it,” as…

August 6, 2020

New Jersey Bill Could Belatedly Release One in Five People From Prison

On July 30, the New Jersey state Senate voted in favor of a bill that could free about 3,000, or…

August 3, 2020

“Trail of Death”—A Short Film About COVID, Nicotine and Racism

This short documentary, concerning COVID-19, smoking, vaping and racism in America, was co-directed by Filter Senior Editor Helen Redmond and…

August 3, 2020

The Political Fight to Avoid an Evictions Catastrophe

The next crisis is fast approaching: one of evictions. On July 24, the federal four-month moratorium on evictions expired. It…

July 30, 2020

Eight in 10 Democrats Want Marijuana Legalization. Why Doesn’t the Party?

Seventy-eight percent of Democrat voters want it. Nearly all of the Democratic presidential candidates wanted it. Ten Democrat-run states and…

July 29, 2020

New Orleans’ Nightmare Prosecutor Steps Down. Who’s Next?

In prosecutor accountability circles, the name Leon Cannizzaro carries almost mystical significance. Cannizzaro, the district attorney of Orleans Parish (New…

July 28, 2020

Californian Cannabis Tax Revenues Are Used to Boost Police Budgets

How are tax revenues from legal marijuana being spent in California, the nation’s largest state? To a large degree, they…

July 23, 2020

A Unanimous Decision From St. Louis Lawmakers to Close Its Notorious Jail

The fate of the most notorious jail in St. Louis is nearly sealed. On July 17, all 28 members of the…

July 22, 2020

How Washington, DC’s Lack of Statehood Hurts Black and Poor Residents

A debate over democracy and racial justice is raging on the federal government’s doorstep. On June 26, the House of…

July 20, 2020