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Category Archive: Justice

  1. Rise of the Mockingjay: From Ferguson to Hong Kong

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    In the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen becomes the Mockingjay–a symbol of hope and rebellion for the people of Panem. In today’s world, where new technology enables government surveillance and censorship, citizens are able to fight back by using that same technology to organize and rebel against abuse of power. Both in the fictional dystopia of the Hunger Games and the real, near-dystopian rights violations faced by people across the world today, the ideas of freedom catch fire, spreading faster than governments can stamp them out.

  2. Bitcoin Revolution: How Cryptocurrency Helps Free Speech

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    Bitcoin is nothing short of a currency revolution. It has changed how individuals spend their money, disrupted the way governments regulate money, and has the potential to completely eliminate physical currencies. Now, Jerry Brito, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Institute, will explain why Bitcoin is already impacting the world for the better.

    Are you tired of Washington telling you how to spend your money? If you’re like many Americans the answer is a definitive “YES!!!!!!!” Now is the time for action. See how Bitcoin is not only helping the world, but also has Washington shaking in its boots!

    President Obama asked Google CEO Eric Schmidt if Bitcoin was something “he has to worry about.” The answer was, “Mr. President, absolutely.” Bill Gates says digital currencies could be “huge.”

    Allow Senior Research Fellow Jerry Brito to explain to you three impactful ways Bitcoin is already freeing average Americans from Washington’s control.

  3. Guilty Til Proven Rich – Drug War Stories (Ep. 8) with Alex Kreit

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    You know what they say about assumptions, right? Well, what if our criminal justice system worked off that flawed system? Right now police officers are making wild assumptions about what a lot of money is, and what a drug dealer is supposed to look like. Listen to Professor Alex Kreit as he explains why our drug laws make no sense, and what you need to do to avoid getting hassled by ‘the man.’

  4. University Privilege – Drug War Stories (Ep. 7) with Alex Kreit

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    When you think about going to college or university, crime is usually not your first thought. But with sexual assault, robbery, and especially drug related arrests, maybe it’s time to rethink everything you thought you knew about campus safety. While courts don’t often associate dorm rooms as a crime neighborhood, the danger is there, and Professor Alex Kreit is here to discuss what that means for keeping you away from your R.A’s office, or worse.

  5. Don’t Buy Drugs At The Mall – Drug War Stories (Ep. 6) with Alex Kreit

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    Right now, while your car or home is being broken into (hopefully not, though) there is a police officer sitting inside a mall drinking an Orange Julius, trying to convince impressionable teenagers to buy drugs.  Professor Alex Kreit offers an inside look at some of the strangest drug enforcement techniques cops are using right now to catch minor drug users.

  6. Are Cops Confused? – Drug War Stories (Ep. 5) with Alex Kreit

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    If you caught someone with their hand in the cookie jar, you wouldn’t let them keep the cookie and only step in once the entire jar is empty to establish a stronger case, would you? Well, right now, that is exactly what the police are doing with drug offenders.  Go inside the strange world of  drug law loopholes, exemptions, and monkey shines with Professor Alex Kreit.

  7. All The Cool Cops Are Doing It – Drug War Stories (Ep. 4) with Alex Kreit

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    21 Jump Street isn’t just in your Blu-ray player. Right now, young-looking police officers are infiltrating America’s high schools, looking to break up major crime rings. One problem: they’re usually doing more harm than good. So if you see Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp wandering the halls of your high school, before you ask for their autograph, make sure you’re informed of the real ways cops are taking advantage of today’s teenagers.

  8. Till Meth Do Us Part – Drug War Stories (Ep. 3) with Alex Kreit

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    Sharing is caring. But not with drugs. If you’re caught sharing drugs with your friends, family, spouse or whatever, the police have you on distribution. So before you puff-puff- pass, listen to Professor Alex Kreit as he exposes some of the wildest drug loopholes that are already putting people behind bars.

  9. If You Give A Cop Some Coke – Drug War Stories (Ep. 1) with Alex Kreit

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    Everyone knows the dangers of buying drugs. But did you know there’s a way to buy drugs and have cops actually thank you for it? In an in-depth analysis of the United States’ current drug laws and all of its weird rules, loony litigation and strange loopholes, Professor Alex Kreit takes you behind the scenes and reveals some facts that may surprise you.

  10. 4 Reasons to be Optimistic About Mandatory Minimums

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    Mandatory minimum sentencing laws have sentenced people to jail for decades, sometimes for doing something as simple as selling pot a few times. Is there any reason to be hopeful that things could change? Alex Kreit, professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, tells of four recent contributions to the reform of mandatory-minimum drug sentencing laws.

    Attorney General Eric Holder issued new guidelines on how federal prosecutors enforce drug laws. President Obama himself granted clemency for several drug offenders sentenced under mandatory minimum laws.

    Meanwhile, Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul joined forces to advocate reform. Bipartisan action is rare, which makes this all the more impressive.

    There are several organizations joining the fight against these laws as well. A group called Families Against Mandatory Minimums is leading the battle against unjust sentencing under these laws.

    Are there reasons for optimism? Professor Kreit believes so, and you should too.

  11. 3 Things You NEED To Know About Mandatory Prison Sentencing

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    Our three most recent presidents have admitted to committing drug offenses in their youth, though they didn’t pay for their indiscretions with jail time. But most people caught up in our criminal justice system aren’t so lucky. Perhaps the worst aspect of the flawed system is mandatory minimum sentences. Consider Weldon Angelos, one victim — a former record producer who won’t get out of jail until he’s eighty and has served a sentence of more than twice what the hijacker of a plane would face. His crime? Selling marijuana twice.
    Alex Kreit, criminal law professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, explains three reasons why mandatory minimums are really, really, really bad. For one thing, the sentences can be longer than those for more serious crimes. Second, they get the wrong people, despite the intentions of lawmakers. Third, if the goal is to reduce drug use, they fail on their own terms. Among their targets in practice are people who have been convicted of such minor offenses as possession for personal use. Drugs are as plentiful as ever.