The opioid crisis continues to be a challenge, both from a public health and from a criminal justice perspective. Last week, President Trump's commission on the opioid crisis called for several new measures to deal with the worst drug crisis in American history.
Observers on Capitol Hill believe Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be about to lay down the law on marijuana users, reversing popular policies put in place by the Obama Administration. Moreover, the reason for the change is almost as surprising as the potential policy change.
People in Wisconsin may have heard about a new law that could have dangerous consequences for people facing drug or other criminal charges. Wisconsin Act 285, which went into effect last April, allows prosecutors to use hearsay evidence, evidence that is not valid or trustworthy enough to use at a criminal trial, in the preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to show that there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed the crime.