Michele Leonhart, the disgraced former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, didn’t fall from grace—she jumped.
ColorLines' Thoai Lu is reporting that the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that as of 2008, there were more than 846,000 black men in prison, making up 40.2 percent of all inmates in the system. The article highlights a recent talk given by author Michelle Alexander, who puts those numbers in context.
Great news out of Toronto yesterday: the Ontario Superior Court has struck down three laws prohibiting prostitution, pimping, and keeping a bawdy house because they are "not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice" and "force prostitutes to choose between their liberty interest and their right to security of the person as protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."
This morning, a student from Schnecksville, Pennsylvania asked President Obama about lifting the prohibition of prostitution, gambling and drugs as a way to stimulate the economy. The audience erupted with laughter.