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The definition of conspiracy is “an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons.” The word is used daily in state and federal courtrooms across the country to convict countless defendants in America’s famously failed War on Drugs. Anyone who has faced a federal conspiracy indictment knows the government…

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The so-called war on drugs has been a failure of colossal proportions — from both racial and preventive standpoints — and the NAACP passed a resolution demanding President Obama and Congress end the program altogether. The overall message of the resolution is captured by its title: A Call to End the War on Drugs, Allocate…

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The number of African American men who are incarcerated now exceeds the number that was enslaved in 1850, despite historic lows in crimes. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, shared with an audience at the Pasadena branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, “more African-American men…

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