In our last post, we wrote that Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a period of increased enforcement for police in Wisconsin. In response to high rates of drunk driving, police are out in full force looking to make traffic stops and arrests for operating while intoxicated.
If you work a regular fulltime job, you probably need no reminder that Memorial Day weekend is almost here. The three-day weekend is considered by many to be the start of summer and a chance to party, relax and maybe spend some time outdoors.
What would Wisconsin look like if drugs were decriminalized? What would the United States or the rest of the world look like? For decades, proponents of increasingly strict anti-drug laws have been warning that the decriminalization of drugs would essentially lead to the downfall of society.
Although most law enforcement officers tend to be honest and well-intentioned, the sad reality is that some abuse their power and take undue advantage of the credibility that comes with their badge. This appears to be what happened in the case of a young Wisconsin woman whose car was struck by a Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy.
America’s war on drugs has last lasted for decades with no clear winner and an unacceptable number of casualties. The consequences can still be seen and felt here in Wisconsin and in every other state. But now, as public attitudes about drug use and abuse continue to evolve, actions are being taken that could reduce prison overcrowding and amend disproportionately harsh sentences given to non-violent drug offenders.