Five Ways the Drug War Hurts Kids

This Reason.tv interview with LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin makes a number of strong points:


I'm particularly interested in Neill's argument regarding the dramatic drop in clearance rates for homicides over the past few decades. Of course, it would be difficult to prove empirically that increased drug prosecutions make it harder to solve murders. Still, it's certainly an unflattering portrait of modern law enforcement priorities that we get better and better at arresting people for petty marijuana possession, while more and more people are literally getting away with murder.

It makes less sense the more you think about it. Forensic science has advanced by leaps and bounds since the 1960's. We have fancy cameras and computers and a million other nifty gadgets at our disposal to help us piece together events and get to the bottom of the story when a terrible crime is committed. Technology for solving murders has advanced far more than the typical means of committing them. So why are police solving fewer murders? I can't say for sure, but my first guess would be the same factor that's driven up our murder rates in the first place: the war on drugs.

But don't take it from me. Neill Franklin was in law enforcement for over 30 years. He witnessed first-hand the seismic shift in police priorities that occurred during the vast drug war expansion. No one is more qualified to address these questions, and everyone who hates murder should be interested in what he has to say.

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Thanks for this take on the idea of what is harming our children, my children where adopted to child abusers who had lost custody of there own children for sexual abuse, among other abuses they where found to have inflicted upon those children. The same Court that had put a renewable five year restraining order against these people (whom now have my daughter) is the same court that had allowed the adoption. The rubber stamp was provided by a Judge/commissioner Albert J. Garcia whom had killed his passenger, and was driving while intoxicated and fled the scene of an accident. Was then serving on the bench in juvenile dependency cases before being suspended from hearing those proceedings do to prejudice and unethical biased rulings. Then transferred to the place in the court that allowed rubber stamping of questionable adoptions which he was finalizing. Rite up until 2008 when he retired. My child's adoption in 2007 was a fraud from the start. The DCFS case worker "Adoption Specialist" Shelley Rasmussen, had smiled when she told me that I would not be allowed to ever have custody of my Then 3 year old daughter, because of a positive test result which I firmly contested. I told her that was impossible and I was not using any drugs. She smiled and said there was a small trace amount of something in my sample, suggesting a drug of some sort. This should have been a crime and then I could have at least done my jail term and it would be over and I could go on. Instead Shelley got a $10,000 bonus for her part in the finalization of my child out of state to people whom her own agency had several different complaints for child sex abuse on file. The money they get for adopting/  and selling these children who where never abused by the mother, yet forced to take drug testing to clear themselves and get there babies back, only to find that agreeing to one test meant years of testing and may never get the child back. This is do to false positives which are commonly a practice in these types of cases. Proven in the recent scandal involving a California, Lab which handles all the juvenile dependency court ordered testing. Sad thing is only the criminal/ felony drug cases where dismissed /overturned so far no children have been returned as far as I know. Maybe mine will be the first, as I intend to file something, with some court, really soon. I have no more than a month before the statute on fraud will have run. It wont be overturned after that.

  I could use some assistance, anyone!                

That should be the crime

I am so sorry to hear about the horrible injustice that was committed against you and your child. Even if you had taken drugs, how does that justify giving you child to a convicted child molester. I am a single father, and I have custody of my kids because their mother abused them, not sexually. But I had to fight tooth and nail to get them. The state was determined to give the kids back to their mother who had beaten my, then 3 yr old mentally retarded son so badly that he had dark purple hand print bruises all over his upper thighs, buttocks and lower back. His penis was bruised almost black from what the doctor said was being pinched due to frustration with potty training. My ex-wife was given 6 week anger management classes and 6 weeks parenting skills classes and then the state of KY tried to give them back to her even before she had completed those classes. Luckily our original custody agreement was in the state of TN, So I got a lawyer and fought for custody of my kids in TN, where I live, and won. This is just another example of the unbalanced manner in which drug prohibition is enforced. A parent who is physically abusive gets every opportunity to get their kids back, but a non-abusive good parent loses their children because they may have decided to smoke a joint on the back deck of their own home after the kids go to sleep. In your case a false positive. Mandatory drug testing should be illegal for that very reason if no other. Yours is just one sad story out of thousands if not millions of people whose lives have been destroyed by drug testing, and another example of how the law is more dangerous than the drug it prohibits. I have long believed that drug testing is wrong, For one thing they tell you the reason for employment drug testing is to prevent drug use on the job. Here's the rub. Marijuana will stay in your system for up to 30 days. So a positive result doesn't mean that you were under the influence of drugs at work. Many people drink but don't drink at work or while caring for their children. Just because someone smokes marijuana doesn't mean they are stoned at work or putting their children at risk or neglecting them. I wish you all the luck in the world getting your child back. I wish there was something I could do to help you.

Look up your state's laws on

Look up your state's laws on period of concealment and the definition of fraudulent concealment. It will toll the statute of limitations. I'm currently working vigorously on a fraud adoption that took place maybe 4 years ago.

It's a Breakdown In Society

Large segments of society simply want nothing to do with police. When there is a dispute, or someone does something criminal to someone else, that someone else will NOT go to police (nor even think about it), they will retaliate, hire someone to retaliate, or simply live as a victim. When someone is killed and the cops show up, no one will tell them anything. This is not entirely out of fear. People see cops as something not to be dealt with.

 

This is not as irrational and insane as it seems to the people who occasionally see some 'stop snitchin' horror story on the news. Lots of folks see the cops as adversaries because for a lot of folks they are, and have been for a long time. 

 

And, yes, people who are selling drugs in violation of the law are going to REALLY see police as the enemy. But if there were no prohibition, they wouldn't be selling drugs at all. Ending the war on drugs would remove the economic opportunity. How much money could you make selling drink or cigarettes with only a cell phone and a car?

 

A system of laws is absolutely vital for a properly functioning society. When segments of society feel that the law (and police and the courts and all the rest of it) is not protecting them, they adopt a 'we take care of our own problems' stance. It happened when Italians and Irish were made unwelcome early in the last century. Anyone who saw the 60 Minutes interview with John Gotti jr. a few months back heard this. It was street culture, 'don't call the cops, we take care of our own problems,' which generally meant "ya end up in a dumpsta." This is where crime, organized and otherwise, can take root and flourish. It's a breakdown, literally a breakdown in society.

Well Said TJLambert

Thomas Jefferson: "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." We live in a society where the people fear the govt. 
 

T'anks

Yeah, I ask all the time: "When does the Liberty part start?"

when we....

tyranny the government locally and globallly, there is enough ppl to stop the gov why dont we? im not powerful but a society of people now thats powerful. if you start i promise to follow

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