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Ode To Piper

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 06.21.2016 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

I think we should honor the woman who started Orange Is the New Black with her prison memoir, Piper Kerman. Not only is her story beside every returning citizen as they show themselves to the world after being locked away from society, she catalyzed the criminal justice reform movement we're witnessing right now.

"But the Legislation Doesn't Go Far Enough": It's Time to Check Our Unincarcerated Privilege in the Conversation About Sentencing Reform

MiAngel Cody | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
MiAngel Cody

Tyrie Bell was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. His crime: He sold 82 grams of crack to an informant. Tyrie has been locked away for 17 years....

Why Federal Sentencing Reform Would Make a Difference

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 04.09.2017 | 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.

Here's the Issue That Even the ACLU & the Koch Brothers Agree Upon

Pat Nolan | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Pat Nolan

As the prison population soared, conservatives chafed at the waste of human potential and increasing cost of the prison bureaucracy. They were frustrated that so little was being done to prepare inmates for their release, and they were appalled at the overcrowded conditions, violence and rape, and the lack of medical care, drug treatment and mental-health services. Conservatives joined with liberals in backing such important reforms as the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the Second Chance Act and the Fair Sentencing Act.

Ryan J. Reilly

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

President Obama Sends Powerful Message on Draconian Drug Sentencing

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The end result of the bloated, grotesque drug war is that the U.S., with five percent of the planet's population, has nearly 25 percent of its inmates.

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing and Potential Pardons by President Obama

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.26.2013 | Crime
Anthony Papa

Last week I listened with great interest to a speech Attorney General Eric Holder presented in front of the American Bar Association.

Ryan J. Reilly

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

Americans, Let's Talk -- And Act -- On Race and Justice

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We knew the verdict was coming; still, the reality of it was a punch in the gut for millions of Americans who hoped that George Zimmerman's killing the unarmed Trayvon Martin would end with conviction. What is to be done?

Crack Laws Must Be Repaired

Julie Stewart | Posted 08.10.2013 | Crime
Julie Stewart

Applying the FSA retroactively would not undermine public safety. Indeed, by passing the FSA, Congress made clear its view that shorter, fairer crack sentences are compatible with public safety.

Cracking the Disparities: The Ongoing Battle for Fairness in Crack Sentencing

Nkechi Taifa, Esq. | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Nkechi Taifa, Esq.

Despite improvements by Congress, the Sentencing Commission, the Department of Justice and the Supreme Court, the fight for fairness and justice in crack cocaine sentencing is not over.

Playing Tough While Communities Suffer

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.03.2012 | Crime
Rep. Charles Rangel

Too many aspects of the current justice system permanently marginalize and disenfranchise ex-offenders. That is what makes too many of our communities dangerous.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Weighs Fate Of Crack Dealers | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A couple of convicted crack cocaine dealers caught between old and new sentencing regimes had their cases argued before the Supreme Cour...

Sentencing Disparity On Its Way Out -- And It's About Time

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Somewhere in a U.S. prison today, a young Black man sits behind bars counting down the days till he sees freedom. He has become hardened and likely more dangerous while his White cellmate was released years prior for virtually the same crime.

Cracks in the System Remain Despite Landmark Cocaine Sentencing Reform

Hamedah Hasan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hamedah Hasan

The president can exercise his executive clemency power to right historical wrongs by commuting the remaining sentences of those of us who have fallen through the cracks. I hope he does.

Well Done Congress, Now Make Fair Sentencing Act Retroactive

Julie Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Congress ignored the temptation of "soft on crime" mudslinging and instead listened to the public, the experts, the courts, and the people who have lost to these racially discriminatory and overly harsh crack sentences.

From Incredible to Inevitable: How the Politics of Criminal Justice Reform May Be Shifting

Vanita Gupta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

We must take an unflinching look at the extent to which the previous policies have failed to promote public safety and health, and have instead diverted taxpayer money from schools to prisons.