Monday, February 27, 2006

Drug War Home Front

Claudia Rowe of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer goes beyond the usual police reports, studies and statistics to show us how the crackdown on drug dealers can affect their families. In "Caught in the Net of a Drug Raid," she tells the story of Jessica Carothers, a young mother who is arrested on charges that she helped her boyfriend sell methamphetamine. Using a dramatic narrative style, Rowe describes Carothers' courtroom battle to clear her name. I like how Rowe personalizes the results of a national study that looks at the impact of drug laws on women and children.


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