The death penalty for drug possession?

It’s not called that, but if locking up a legal permanent resident of the U.S. for years and denying her a biopsy for a probable cancer comes to the same thing.

It’s not called that, but a legal permanent resident of the United States who gets caught up in the toils of Immigration and Customs Enforcement can die of medical neglect. Congratulations to Mickey Kaus and Mark Krikorian and Rush Limbaugh and Tom Tancredo for making it politically possible for an agency of the U.S. government to behave this way: reminiscent of the way John McCain was treated by the North Vietnamese.

Oh, yes, and to our spineless, worthless President, who could change things by picking up the telephone but can’t be bothered. “Compassionate conservatism” is a wonderful thing.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: