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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.

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...

Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.

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 ...

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.

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.

Ryan J. Reilly

Man Sentenced To Die Behind Bars For Non-Violent Crime Describes The Day His Luck Changed

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Right after lunch, the warden called inmate number 07031-078 into his office. Jason Hernandez was worried. The last time he was called t...

Is Obama Channeling Mandela?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Obama successfully carried out what the White House constructed to appear as a magnanimous act of mercy. Is this really a generous Christmas gift to these men and women and their families when they won't be released until April?

Letters from Prison

Mark Osler | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

If we are honest, we all have an agenda. My own agenda is shaped by a passage my mom taught me, Micah 6:8. It teaches that what God requires is that we seek justice, love mercy, and "walk humbly with our God."

Will Neal Go Free On 'White Collar' Finale?

Posted 04.30.2012 | TV

For its season finale, "White Collar" (Tue., 10 p.m. EST on USA) framed their story around the hearings to determine if the remainder of Neal's senten...

Reversal of Fortune: How a Pardon Halts Detention and Deportation

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

The fate of a young immigrant man seemed set in stone - mandatory detention since he was a 'criminal alien' followed by deportation to the country of ...

Commute Crack Cocaine Sentences in Time for the Holidays

Jasmine Tyler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jasmine Tyler

The Crack the Disparity Coalition "Home for the Holidays" campaign is promoting support for applicants seeking relief from the severe penalties for low-level crack cocaine offenses.