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Drug Sentencing

Harsh Drug And Immigration Policy Is Just Voter Suppression Disguised

Heidi Lehmann | Posted 03.16.2017 | Politics
Heidi Lehmann

Strong Republican pushes for harsher drug and immigration policies are in fact a disguised long-term strategy to permanently blunt demographic changes...

Will a Corporate Carve-Out Derail Criminal Justice Reform?

Sen. Dick Durbin | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Sen. Dick Durbin

Criminal justice reform is one of the few legislative issues that could move forward in this highly partisan election year. But this long-awaited reform is in serious danger because of efforts by big corporations and their allies to include a "get-out-of-jail-free" card for white collar offenders.

Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Bragged About Sending This Man To Prison. Now He's Free.

The Huffington Post | Emily L. Judd | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland introduced himself to the country in a Rose Garden address in March, he told the story of one...

This Former Inmate Fights for Others' Freedom From Life Sentences

NationSwell | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact

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

How (Not) To Address A Drug Crisis

Julie Stewart | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Julie Stewart

This election year is the 30th anniversary of the creation of mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug crimes. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 is ...

Why Federal Sentencing Reform Would Make a Difference

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 04.08.2016 | Black Voices
Wade Henderson, Esq.

These bills would address this racial unfairness by allowing individuals with a modestly greater criminal history to qualify for safety valve relief.

21 People Found Out Today They Won't Die In Prison

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 people serving time for drug offenses Wednesday, including 21 federal inmates who fo...

Federal Prisons Are In Crisis. Congress And The President Need To Step Up.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. policymakers need to grab this "defining moment" and dramatically change the way America's overcrowded federal prisons operate, acc...

Bernie Sanders: 'Not Acceptable' To Jail Young Pot Smokers And Let Big Bank CEOs Walk

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders isn't terribly impressed with a new Department of Justice pledge to get serious about whi...

Man Who Was Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana To Be Set Free

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

Jeff Mizanskey, a 61-year-old Missouri man who was serving life in prison for nonviolent marijuana offenses, will be set free in a matter of days, his...

America's Apartheid: Legalized Discrimination through Mass Incarceration

Brandon Patterson | Posted 07.28.2016 | Black Voices
Brandon Patterson

As a black male in Chicago, I find it hard for one to argue that the criminal justice system has not been used unfairly and unjustly to discriminate against black people and to outcast them from society.

13 Years for 2 Joints? Governor Jindal Needs to Follow Obama's Commutation Lead

Jee Park | Posted 07.28.2016 | Crime
Jee Park

Louisiana has the dubious honor of being the prison capitol of the world. More Louisianans spend their lives behind bars than any other state in the U.S. per capita. These draconian sentences for non-violent drug offenses only hurt Louisiana.

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.

Obama Tells Drug-Offense Inmates He Could Have Been In Their Place

Reuters | Sara Bondioli | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

EL RENO, Oklahoma, July 16 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who wrote in his memoir about using marijuana and cocaine as a youth, became the first ...

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 | 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 ...

Roundtrip Out of Prison

Doug Levitt | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Doug Levitt

Mandatory drug-sentencing minimums that everyone from President Obama to Ted Cruz have railed against, are commonly viewed now as unjust law and ineffective policy. Three decades of this policy have changed countless lives and decimated entire American communities as a result.

Reforming Our Justice System Will Require Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances

Christine Leonard | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Christine Leonard

As Congress and the nation are increasingly focused on the need for systemic reform, the Coalition and its partners, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe we are on the cusp of meaningful change, through fair sentencing and fair chances.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Many Americans Say Drug Sentencing Is Too Harsh | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

Americans are generally supportive of President Barack Obama's recent decision to commute the sentences of 22 prisoners serving long prison terms for ...

Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Gets Enlightened On Mass Incarceration | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

Backers of a California ballot measure that would release thousands of non-violent prisoners have found a surprisingly enthusiastic ally in their figh...

Saki Knafo

California Takes Overdue Stand Against 'Failed Drug Laws' | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

California lawmakers finally reformed a drug sentencing law that critics throughout the country long denounced as racist. The California Fair Sente...

Sensible Drug Sentencing Reform

Andrea Lyon | Posted 09.23.2014 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

As long as there have been societies, use of drugs and alcohol have been a part of them. Abuse of both drugs and alcohol is endemic, but could be better controlled were we to start treating drug and alcohol abuse in the same way; that is a public health problem that needs treatment, rather than only as a criminal law problem.

USSC Unanimously Votes for Drug Reduction Retroactivity: Thousands of Federal Prisoners to Be Released Early

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Last week, in a historic victory for nearly 46,000 federal drug offenders, the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted unanimously to apply recent amendments to the federal drug sentencing guidelines retroactively to all eligible offenders.

I'm Serving Life Without Parole For A Non-Violent Drug Charge

Euka Wadlington | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Euka Wadlington

Despite the lack of any reasonable hope of release, I am demonstrating my commitment to becoming a better productive member of society in whatever way I can.

Ryan J. Reilly

An Obscure Commission Just Voted To Shorten The Sentences Of 46,000 Federal Drug Offenders | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday afternoon voted unanimously to allow federal prisoners behind bars for certain drug trafficking...