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Another funding threat to Delaware and Dubuque County Drug Court

"One of the philosophies behind my Jail and Prison Ministry program is something called restorative justice,” said a Catholic church deacon who coordinates that ministry through the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, “and that's to try and repair the harm that's done to the community by crime and also the families and the individuals, the offenders themselves, and I think drug court is one of the best examples of a restorative justice program."

Feds say they'll stop prosecuting marijuana users, small dealers

Attorney General Eric Holder is moving quickly to align federal drug enforcement policy with the Administration’s goals he described earlier this month. In a speech before the American Bar Association, Holder denounced the nation’s massive incarceration rate, especially in regards to non-violent offenders. Prison should be to "punish, deter and to rehabilitate, not to merely warehouse and forget," he stressed.

Racial disparity in pot arrests in Iowa doubles national average

A black person in Iowa is about eight times more likely to be arrested for a marijuana possession charge than a white person, according to a recent study released by the American Civil Liberties Union. This is more than double the national average which showed a racial disparity of about 3.7. The disparity in Iowa was the greatest of any state in the country.

Certain drug offenders face surprise consequences

Iowa City readers may be aware that undocumented or unauthorized immigrants charged with certain criminal offenses might also find themselves in a deportation proceeding -- regardless of whether those criminal allegations result in a conviction or prove unfounded.

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