#SchoolToPrisonPipeline:

"I’m sure the punishments in some schools are enforced in an unfair, racially discriminatory way, and that this problem disproportionately impacts black children. But Powell should note that all children, not just racial minorities, are being suspended more and more frequently over trivial incidents. Schools increasingly see children acting out as a criminal matter that requires suspension, expulsion, or even police intervention.If there’s any good news on this front, it’s that the absurdity of many of these stories has prompted something of a backlash. Some jurisdictions are even considering easing up on the "zero tolerance" rules that bind administrators to punish harshly for minor infractions."

"Last week a marijuana legalization initiative officially qualified for the ballot in Oregon. Voters will also consider legalization measures in Alaska and (probably) the District of Columbia this fall, so by the end of the year three more jurisdictions could join Colorado and Washington in allowing recreational use of cannabis. The differences among the five measures illustrate the advantages of federalism, which allows policy experiments that will help chart the course to the end of marijuana prohibition in America."

"Twenty-six-year-old Diego Gomez has been studying a Masters degree in Conservation and Wildlife Management in Costa Rica, and worked "in research and preversation projects on endangered Colombian amphibians." In the course of his research, he came across a relevant research paper, which he shared on academic resource website Scribd—and has subsequently been sued by the paper’s author for "violation of economic and related rights," and is now facing between four and eight years in prison."

""In a situation like Ferguson, I believe they would be beneficial to law enforcement," he said. "In terms of liability, having everything on video there’s no disputes on what happens. That alleviates the chance of somebody getting partial video or leaving other things to chance….

The department paid $900 per camera. A dash-cam for a patrol car can cost $4,000.”