Chief Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles CountyChief Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County
FROM John Spillane
Proposition 5 Proposition 5 promises treatment instead of incarceration for kids with drug problems and non-violent drug criminals. Parolees and prisoners would get treatment too. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst says the treatment programs would cost a billion dollars a year while saving at least that amount on jails and prisons.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?