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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 Presi...

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

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 07.16.2015 | 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

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

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

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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 06.18.2015 | 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 05.21.2015 | 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.

A Wormhole of Mercy at Easter

Mark Osler | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Mark Osler

Buried beneath the Holy Week headlines about a religious freedom law in Indiana was a remarkable event: President Obama shortened the sentences of 22 federal prisoners under the pardon power, and wrote them a letter. It was a fitting gesture for a season of hope and renewal.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama: I'll Use Clemency Power 'More Aggressively'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to grant clemency to federal offenders "more aggressively" during the remainder of his presidency, he said ...

It's Time: Call for Clemency for Leonard Peltier

Jack Healey | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

Clemency is a request any citizen can make of our government, and all our voices need to be heard. We just want Leonard to go to his home on the northern plains and be able to spend what remains of his life with his family and be able to rest and be at ease with his people of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, his relatives in Indian country, and with us.

13 Years for Two Joints? Louisiana Gov. Jindal Needs to Correct Injustice With Clemency

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.14.2015 | Crime
Anthony Papa

I was lucky enough to be granted executive clemency in 1997. Since my release I have continued to advocate for prisoners who are stuck in prison, sentenced to tremendous amounts of time for small amounts of drugs.

The Final Round in Anthony McKinney's Quest for Justice

Steve Drizin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Had a new jury seen this new evidence of Anthony McKinney's innocence, it would have acquitted him. But Anthony never got the chance to prove his innocence in court. After serving 35 years in prison, Anthony died alone in his prison cell on August 27, 2013. He was 53.

Dear Governor Beebe: Please Bring Belynda Home for the Holidays

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

To the police, Belynda wasn't a victim. She wasn't a stunned and grieving widow with three children. She was a suspect. No, she was worse. In their eyes, she was the perpetrator.

Death by Imprisonment: America's War on Melanin Possession and the Indigent

MiAngel Cody | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
MiAngel Cody

Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.