SafeKeepers is a video series profiling law enforcement officials who've been on the front lines of the drug war and mass incarceration. They've witnessed the devastating effects of these policies on public safety and are bravely speaking out for change. To share your own story, GO HERE.
When even cops, judges, and prosecutors know the drug war has failed, it's time for a re-think, especially after voters in Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana. This is the trailer for the SafeKeepers video series produced by the Beyond Bars campaign and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).
Richard Van Wickler was active duty in the U.S. Army and now heads corrections in rural New Hampshire. He's seen the injustice of imprisoning drug offenders as if they're dangerous. Now he's speaking out against the disastrous War on Drugs.
Meet Matthew Fogg, a former U.S. Marshal whose exploits led him to be nicknamed "Batman." When he noticed that all of his team's drug raids were in black areas, he suggested doing the same in the suburbs. His boss didn't take kindly to the idea.
Neill Franklin was a commander for the Maryland State Police Department. He saw the War on Drugs turn his home town of Baltimore into a desolate place and take the life of his friend Ed. Watch to see why he believes enough is enough.