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November 21, 2019

"Prosecuting Opioid Use, Punishing Rurality"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper authored by Valena Elizabeth Beety no available via SSRN. Here is its abstract:

The opioid crisis spotlights rural communities, and accompanying that bright light are long-standing, traditional biased tropes about backwards and backwoods White Appalachians. These stereotypes conflate rurality with substance use disorder as the next progression in dehumanizing stereotypes.  Widespread attention to our nation’s use disorder crisis, however, also brings an opportunity to recognize these fallacious stereotypes and to look more closely at the criminal legal systems in rural communities.  In this Article, I use drug-induced homicide — what has become a popular prosecutorial charge in response to the opioid crisis — as a prism to identify and critique the failings in rural criminal courts more broadly.  This Article includes modest recommendations that acknowledge and respond to these inadequacies while attempting to preserve people’s constitutional rights and decrease opiate-related overdoses.

November 21, 2019 at 08:49 PM | Permalink

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"The marijuana crisis spotlights urban communities, and accompanying that bright light are long-standing, traditional biased tropes about backwards and backwoods Black Californians. These stereotypes conflate urbanity with substance use disorder as the next progression in dehumanizing stereotypes."

It would be nice to stop dehumanizing marginalized minorities. Can we have a possible date for that?

Posted by: Sandra Blandry | Nov 22, 2019 7:41:11 AM

Touche. I hope you'll see my section of the paper on rural people of color who are disproportionately impacted by punitive policies and financially struggling criminal legal systems in rural counties, and under-recognized in the opioid crisis.

Posted by: Valena | Nov 22, 2019 4:27:33 PM

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