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Law Enforcement vs. The Drug War

November 20, 2012 07:54:38 am

Video still via SafeKeepers

In the wake of marijuana legalization victories in Colorado and Washington, Beyond Bars, an advocacy group that campaigns for alternatives to mass incarceration, has released a series of short videos featuring law enforcement officials who oppose the war on drugs.

SafeKeepers profiles cops, judges and prosecutors who favor legalization of marijuana and oppose harsh sentences for low-level drug offenses. The videos include:

  • Former judge Jim Gray, who says the sentences he handed down brought him to tears
  • Former prosecutor John Amabile who says that “drug policy kills more people than drugs themselves”
  • Former U.S. Marshal Matthew Fogg who says he was told not to lead his team on drug raids in neighborhoods with majority white populations

In addition, visitors to the site can submit their own stories about how the war on drugs has affected them.

See the trailer below or visit the site HERE.




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