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The Film

TULIA, TEXAS
Get the “big picture” regarding Tulia—the place and the film—at the filmmakers’ site.

Independent Lens Community Cinema: TULIA, TEXAS Discussion Guide (PDF)
Discover background information about Tulia and find questions for “thinking more deeply,” resources, action items and more.

Tulia, Texas

Tulia: Race, Cocaine and Corruption in a Small Texas Town
By Nate Blakeslee

Public Affairs, 2006
Check out reporter Nate Blakeslee’s investigative account of the drug task force scandal in Tulia. Read the book review in The International Herald Tribune.

Tulia: Tip of the Drug War Iceberg
Published by the non-partisan organization the Open Society Policy Center, this 2005 report “examines the connections among racial profiling, law-enforcement misconduct and federally funded drug task forces.”

Friends of Justice
See reform in action. Founded in Tulia, this community-based criminal justice reform organization helped to advocate for the town’s former defendants. The site includes a blog and information on other campaigns.

H.R. 253: No More Tulias
Read a summary and updates on H.R. 253, the “No More Tulias” drug law enforcement legislation introduced by Texas Representative Shelia Jackson Lee.

The War on Drugs

Drug Policy Alliance Network
Learn about this national organization, which advocates for “new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society.”

Race and the War on Drugs
Peruse a 2003 paper published by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) about the U.S. war on drugs and how its policies affect communities of color.

Flawed Enforcement (PDF)
Read this 2004 report from the ACLU of Texas http://www.aclutx.org/ which examines the flaws in the Texas state system of regional narcotics task forces.

War on Drugs Clock
Keep tabs on a ticking “clock,” which reports up-to-the-minute statistics about the costs and arrests related to the U.S. war on drugs, as well as other related stats.

Office of National Drug Control Policy
Explore the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which establishes policies and objectives for America’s drug control program.

PBS.org: FRONTLINE: Drug Wars
View the companion site for the FRONTLINE/NPR series on America’s war on drugs, featuring interviews, videos, a timeline and more.

Justice Policy Institute: The Vortex: The Concentrated Racial Impact of Drug Imprisonment and the Characteristics of Punitive Counties
Read a comprehensive 2007 report regarding race, drug policy and imprisonment. Look at related articles and download fact sheets and maps.

Rockefeller Drug Laws Information Sheet
Examine a brief history of New York’s controversial Rockefeller drug laws presented by the Partnership for Responsible Drug Information (PRDI).

CSMOnitor.com: As many crack convicts are released early, will crime rise
Read this April 2008 article, which discusses the sentence reduction for thousands of crack cocaine felons.

NAACP: U.S. Sentencing Commission Follows NAACP Recommendation on Crack Cocaine Sentencing
Peruse this short article on the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s 2007 lowering of crack cocaine mandatory minimums.

The Sentencing Project
Get statistics and news regarding issues such as incarceration and racial disparity, disenfranchisement and drug policies from this criminal justice system reform organization.

U.S. Prison Rates and Population

1 in 100: (PDF)
Read this report about soaring prison costs and incarceration rates in the United States published in 2008 by the Pew Center.

NYTimes.com: 1 in 100 U.S. Adults Behind Bars, New Study Says
Examine thiss February 2008 article about the Pew report and the rising prison population in America.

Bureau of Justice Statistics Prison Statistics
View statistics, charts and reports about the U.S. prison population.

Sources

The following served as information sources for sections of this site:

U.S. War on Drugs:

TULIA, TEXAS Discussion Guide (PDF)

TULIA TEXAS filmmakers’ site

Tulia: Tip of the Drug War Iceberg: January 2005, The Open Society Policy Center

From Too Far Off Task: December 2002, ACLU

From Flawed Enforcement: May 2004, ACLU

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch: Floor Speech: Introduction of the Fairness in Drug Sentencing Act of 2007

NAACP: U.S. Sentencing Commission Follows NAACP Recommendation on Crack Cocaine Sentencing

U.S. Sentencing Commission

CSMOnitor.com: As many crack convicts are released early, will crime rise

BostonGlobe.com: Federal prisoners convicted of crack cocaine offenses eligible for reduced sentences

Justice Policy Institute: The Vortex: The Concentrated Racial Impact of Drug Imprisonment and the Characteristics of Punitive Counties

Drug War Chronicle: Senate Votes to Restore Byrne Drug Task Force Funding Program

House Appropriations Committee Approves Justice Funding

Rockefeller Drug Laws Information Sheet

U.S. War on Drugs Statistics Sources:

Bureau of Justice Statistics Prison Statistics

Office of National Drug Control Policy: Current State of Drug Policy: Successes and Challenges (March 2008)

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Prisoners in 2007

Bureau of Justice Statistics Drugs and Crime Facts: Drug control budget

Bureau of Justice Statistics Drugs and Crime Facts: Drug use in the general population

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Table on estimated drug law violations arrests in the United States

SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies: 2007 National Survey on Drug Use & Health: National Results

Office of National Drug Control Policy: FY 2009 Budget Summary

1 in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008

International Herald Tribune: U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations

Tulia Texas

Tulia: Tip of the Drug War Iceberg: January 2005, The Open Society Policy CSMonitor.com: U.S. notches world’s highest incarceration rate

NYTimes.com: 1 in 100: U.S. Adults Behind Bars, New Study Says

TULIA, TEXAS Discussion Guide

ACLU of Texas: Prisons and Jails

Justice Policy Institute: The Vortex: The Concentrated Racial Impact of Drug Imprisonment and the Characteristics of Punitive Counties

Real Cost of Prisons: Lessons from Tulia

CivilRights.org: The Vortex

ISS: As U.S. prison populations soar, cost to states are on the rise

Drug Scandals Map Sources:

ACLU of Texas: Too Far Off Task (December 2002)

Lauderdale County, Alabama

The Decatur Daily: Agent charged with extortion (February 25, 2005)

Tulia: The Tip of the Drug War Iceberg, The Open Society Policy Center, January 2005 (PDF download)

Grits for Breakfast: AL Task Force Chief Guilty of Extortion, Theft (November 3, 2004)

Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana

Judge to resume DTF hearings

Ex-Monroe County prosecutor assigned to DTF case

Drug War Chronicle: 12/14/07

The Indiana Law Blog: August 21, 2008

Butler County, Kansas

Butler County Drug Task Force

Grits for Breakfast: Kansas task force dissolved after scandal depletes staff (October 22, 2004)

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Courier-Journal: Friday, October 15, 2004

Drug Task Force Settles Sexual Harassment Case

Tulia: The Tip of the Drug War Iceberg, The Open Society Policy Center, January 2005 (PDF download)

Newspaper seeks to open confidential settlement

Massachusetts

Policing for Profit: The Drug War’s Hidden Agenda

Dick Lehr and Bruce Butterfield, “Criminal Justice/Overdosing on the Drug War,” Boston Globe, September 24-27, 1995.

Farmington, Missouri

Former drug task force employee charged with stealing

Tulia: The Tip of the Drug War Iceberg, The Open Society Policy Center, January 2005 (PDF download)

Teresa Ressel, “Springer pleads guilty to stealing charge,”Missouri Daily Journal, February 6, 2006.

Mid-Missouri

Tulia: The Tip of the Drug War Iceberg, The Open Society Policy Center, January 2005 (PDF download)

James Goodwin, “Lawsuit Targets Sheriff: Plaintiffs Cite Alleged Perjury of Ex-Drug Task Force Deputy,” Columbia Daily Tribune, May 29, 2003.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Task force woes won’t topple chief

N.H. Drug Task Force in current form is a “liability”

St. Patrick’s Day fights sign of bigger problem

New Brunswick, New Jersey

A sour ending to case, but it’s over nonetheless

Lonnie Mack, “Ex-cop pleads guilty Admits corruption, escapes more time,” New Brunswick Home News Tribune, January 7, 2004

Carter County, Oklahoma

Former officer given plea deal

Former DA investigator accused for stealing drug money

State Annual Report for the Edward Byrne Memorial Formula Block Grant, July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2005 (PDF Download)

Athens, Tennessee
In 2002, Kenneth Wilson, the top officer of the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force, was fired and arrested for cocaine possession.

September 1, 2002: Ex-cop eyed in cocaine theft

Memphis, Tennessee

Officer charged with drug trafficking

Tulia: The Tip of the Drug War Iceberg, The Open Society Policy Center, January 2005 (PDF download)

Sullivan County, Tennessee

Former Drug Task Officer Pleads No Contest To Theft

Dallas, Texas

Fake Drugs, real lives: The Evolution of a Scandal

ACLU of Texas: Too Far Off Task (December 2002)

Fake Drugs Force an End to 24 Cases in Dallas

Dallas officer convicted in fake drug scandal begins prison term

Tulia: The Tip of the Drug War Iceberg, The Open Society Policy Center, January 2005 (PDF download)

Hearne, Texas

ACLU of Texas: Too Far Off Task (December 2002)

ACLU Charges Racial Discrimination in Second Texas Drug Scandal

ACLU Testimony: Limit Specialized Police Force Proliferation

The Texas Observer: Bringing Justice to Hearne

Tulia: The Tip of the Drug War Iceberg, The Open Society Policy Center, January 2005 (PDF download)


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