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This Former Inmate Fights for Others' Freedom From Life Sentences

NationSwell | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
NationSwell

Jason Hernandez never thought he would see the outside world again.

Petitioners Seek Release Of Imprisoned Rapper

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.21.2016 | Crime

A petition calling for the release of rap artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps, serving time for a killing he says he didn't commit, has been signed by more t...

Norman Brown Was Supposed To Die In Prison. Now He Wants The President To Help Those He Left Behind.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Norman Brown is done with flip phones. Twenty-six years ago, when Brown and his associates were selling crack cocaine in the nation’s ...

Obama Issues 61 Commutations, Critics Assail Clemency Pace

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.08.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

On March 30, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 federal prisoners - over a third of whom were serving life sentences, for drug or fir...

Governor Fallin Grants Clemency to Larry Yarbrough

Anthony Papa | Posted 03.23.2016 | Crime
Anthony Papa

Activists have fought hard for many years to get back his freedom. Prayers were answered when Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin granted Yarbrough executive clemency on March 18, 2016.

Despite Rhetoric of Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Are Slow to Come for Those Aging in Prisons in New York State

Nick Malinowski | Posted 03.17.2016 | New York
Nick Malinowski

Due in large part to the harsh sentencing laws of the past half-century -- mandatory minimums, three-strike laws, the expansion of life without parole -- senior citizens make up one of the fastest rising prison demographics.

What Humans of New York Got Right About Federal Prison -- and What it Left Out

Amos Irwin | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Amos Irwin

Humans of New York (HONY) just ended its powerful series inside federal prison, leaving some fans with questions. How do his profiles stack up against the broader federal prison population? And what can we each do to help fix the system?

Forging a Path to True Criminal Justice Reform in New York

JoAnne Page | Posted 01.13.2016 | New York
JoAnne Page

In 2016, our leaders in City Hall and the State Capital can take affirmative steps to reduce the number of incarcerated New Yorkers, while increasing services to those who are behind bars.

One way Gov. Rauner can reduce the State's prison population: clemency

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 01.12.2016 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

Illinois' huge prison population is a problem Governor Rauner wants to solve. His first step--setting up a commission to find ways the legislature can...

We Applaud Gov. Cuomo's Plan to Give College Education to Prisoners

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.12.2016 | New York
Anthony Papa

I applaud the governor for his actions because I know how important receiving an education while in prison is.

2015: A Year to Remember in False Confessions

Steve Drizin | Posted 12.22.2015 | Crime
Steve Drizin

2015 was another momentous year in the world of false confessions. Here are my greatest hits: January 2015 begins tragically as two exonerated fal...

Obama Doubles Clemency Numbers, Freeing 95 Federal Prisoners Early

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama doubled his clemency numbers on Friday, shortening the jail time for dozens of federal prisoners who were given l...

Let's Not Chicken Out on Pending Clemency Applications

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 11.29.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

President Barack Obama is seven-for-seven in pardoning turkeys but his clemency initiative is still backed up. That needs to change. As it stands now,...

Serving Life for a Lie?

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 10.08.2015 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

What happens when death is taken off the table? Last week, Missouri's Governor bravely and correctly decided not to execute Kimber Edwards, an autistic man sentenced to death by an all-white jury in 2002 for hiring a hit man to kill his ex-wife.

Open Letter to the 6,000 Prisoners Coming Home

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Anthony Papa

For those 6,000 who will soon be released, I want to share with you my story of being released from prison when I received executive clemency after serving 12 years. I hope it will give you some insight on what to expect.

The Day Jimmy Carter Called Me Out

Mark Osler | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Mark Osler

As Jimmy Carter faces cancer, many of the people who were influenced by this gracious, thoughtful man are brought to sadness. I am one of them. President Carter told me what I needed to hear -- that I was not doing enough in service to the world.

Beauty and Injustice in Lakota Land

Jack Healey | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

Even amid staggering poverty and neglect, the descendents of the great Oglala Sioux Chief Crazy Horse remain a strong and proud people in the face of unimaginable difficulty.

Congress May Actually Do Something On Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Criminal justice reform seems to be the bipartisan issue of the day. Across the political spectrum, from the Koch brothers to President ...

To All the Governors Out There, Follow the President's Lead on Clemency

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 07.16.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

To all the governors out there, follow the president's lead. Start robustly using your executive clemency powers to reduce your state's prison population. Release those non-violent offenders who don't need to be serving their entire natural lives in prison.

From 'Release Valve' To 'Political Animals': The Evolution Of Parole Boards

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.15.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

President Barack Obama's decision this week to commute the sentences of 46 nonviolent offenders is an important step, but there's still plenty work to...

Here's How It Feels To Lose Obama's Get-Out-Of-Prison Lottery

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A few dozen federal inmates, all of them nonviolent drug offenders, surely celebrated this week when President Barack Obama announced he...

Dana Liebelson

Obama Frees Dozens Of Nonviolent Federal Inmates

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has granted dozens of federal inmates their freedom, as part of an effort to counteract ...

Dana Liebelson

Thousands Of Inmates Await Obama Decision: 'It's Like Being In A Delivery Room'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dicky Joe Jackson was caught selling meth in order to pay for a bone marrow transplant for his young son. He’s now serving a life sent...

Gov. Bobby Jindal Denies Clemency to Prisoner Serving 13 Years for Possessing Two Joints

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Anthony Papa

In the case of Bernard Noble it seems that Louisiana's Governor Jindal has chosen not to show the compassion that our President has shown and instead ignores the injustice of Noble's case while he rots away in prison for 13 years for the possession of two joints.

You Tele-Conferenced Me in Prison: Once a Cold Heart, Always a Cold Heart

Lee C. Camp | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

It is painful to hear true confession, often accompanied by grief and shame, to lay before others one's worst deeds.