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Statistics for federal prisoners with drug-related records

The War on Drugs may be a familiar concern to Michigan citizens, but the increased number of federal prisoners over the last 30 years is causing policy makers to re-evaluate the options for punishing offenders. Approximately 200,000 individuals are currently detained in federal institutions, and more than 50 percent of these individuals are there due to drug offenses. This 800-percent increase from 1980 to 2012 warrants attention as resources needed to detain these parties are stretched.

Deposition transcripts shed light on teen's affluenza DUI defense

Many media outlets in Michigan and around the country reacted angrily in 2013 when a Texas teen avoided jail after admitting to driving drunk and causing an accident that claimed the lives of four people. The judge in the case heard three days of testimony before passing sentence, and defense attorneys were successful in convincing her that the teen's wealthy parents and affluent upbringing had left him incapable of making morally correct decisions.

Man facing felony drug counts after man dies at his home

On the evening of Sept. 30, a Michigan man was taken into custody at his home for allegedly selling opiates in Weidman. The 64-year-old man was detained by troopers from the Mount Pleasant Post and transported to the Isabella County Jail without incident. The troopers had a nine-count felony warrant for drug charges that included delivery of a controlled substance.

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