In a rare moment of sanity, Pennsylvania lawmakers from both parties agree: revoking the driver's licenses of people convicted on non-driving-related charges doesn't help anybody.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the War on Drugs has been "a roaring success," and that ending stop-and-frisk practices caused crime to spike. The evidence says otherwise.Read More
David discusses the unconstitutional jailing of defendants who can't afford to pay fines and court costs on public radio station 90.5 WESA.Read More
Stingray cell phone simulators can capture personal data from your phone calls – who you’re talking to, your phone number and the contents of the call.
You won’t know it’s happening, and the Cato Institute’s Adam Bates says the FBI requires they stay a secret, "not just to the public, but also to courts, to legislators, even to defense attorneys. So there's so much that we still don't know about what police are doing with this technology.”Read More
In the second part of our look at what things might look at after the War on Drugs, we turn to Portugal. This country, a member of the European Union, decriminalized the possession of all drugs in amounts sufficient for personal use. You read that right: Portugal decriminalized all drugs – heroin, cocaine, you name it – and turned completely toward a public health outlook, and away from a law enforcement model.Read More
Surveillance technology and civil liberties don't often go together. But when it comes to preventing and punishing police misconduct, many civil libertarians think equipping officers with body-worn cameras could make a difference.
We look at the promise and perils of police body cameras in conversation with Vic Walczak, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.Read More