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Nonviolent Drug Offenders Should Not Be Taking Up Prison Beds

Stephen Downing | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Stephen Downing

Few people know what it feels like to arrest a man. To hear the click of the handcuffs that so ominously foretells the loss of freedom, citizenship rights and personal potential for years to come.

We Are People ­­-- Not Addicts, Criminals, Inmates, and Convicts

Jag Davies | Posted 12.21.2014 | Media
Jag Davies

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering other issues.

California's Best Answer to Prison Overcrowding

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Erik Gould

The state's recidivism rate -- the percentage of individuals released from prison who are incarcerated again within three years -- was 61 percent last year.

The Most Powerful Painting I Have Ever Seen... And How it Freed Someone From Prison

Tony Newman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Tony Newman

My good friend and colleague, Anthony Papa, found his passion for art while serving a 15-to-life sentence in Sing-Sing. Papa painted hundreds of pieces while behind bars, but one of them stands out and is the most powerful painting I have ever seen.

Tonight's State of the Union Should Also Offer Economic Opportunity for People With Drug Law Felonies

Alexsandra Smith | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Alexsandra Smith

As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.

Remembering Our Family Members and Friends Behind Bars During the Holidays

Yolande Cadore | Posted 01.27.2014 | Crime
Yolande Cadore

With a very heavy heart, as a mother and advocate for drug policy reform, I wish other mothers and fathers who are victims of the drug war a "happy" holidays -- but can one truly have a "happy" holidays when there's an empty chair at the family table?

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ Decries Harsh Mandatory Minimums, But Says It's Too Late For One Low-Level Drug Offender

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just weeks before Attorney General Eric Holder decried "unduly harsh" mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level drug offenders, ...

Report: U.S. To End Mandatory Sentences For Some Drug Offenders

The Washington Post | Sari Horwitz | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is set to announce Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug orga...

Rule Forced Judge To Imprison More Than 1,000 Nonviolent Drug Offenders

The Nation | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics

Growing up in blue collar Circle Pines, Minnesota, in the 1950s, raised by parents from the “Greatest Generation,” I dreamed only of becoming a ci...

What Happens to Cameron Douglas?

Michael Santos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Santos

Of the five years Douglas will serve in the prison system, the next few months will be the worst. The most difficult aspect of entanglements with the criminal justice system is the unknown.

"The Jim Crow Laws of the 21st Century": Will New York Change?

Odile Weissenborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Odile Weissenborn

In New York, the 36-year-old Rockefeller Drug Laws may be massively overhauled.

Rockefeller Drug Laws and Judicial/Prosecutorial Power Struggle

Emily Jane Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emily Jane Goodman

Under existing law, despite the public perception of powerful judges, it is the state, through its prosecutors, and not its judges, that calls the shots on judgment day.

Drug Czar of My Dreams

Matt Elrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Elrod

A significant reallocation of scarce resources from criminal justice to public health solutions is long overdue, but drug policy is multi-disciplinary and international in scope.