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Norman Brown Was Supposed To Die In Prison. Now He Wants The President To Help Those He Left Behind.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Norman Brown is done with flip phones. Twenty-six years ago, when Brown and his associates were selling crack cocaine in the nation’s ...

An Open Letter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder: Free Richard Wershe Jr.

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.13.2016 | Crime
Dean Dauphinais

Governor Snyder, I have no sympathy for drug dealers. Drugs took one of my sons -- and our entire family -- on a roller coaster ride through hell for seven years. But I don't think anyone should have to suffer the injustice that Richard Wershe Jr. has suffered.

Simon McCormack

What It's Like To Spend Father's Day In Prison | Simon McCormack | Posted 06.20.2015 | Crime

Father's Day produces a complicated mix of emotions for the thousands of fathers in the U.S. who are imprisoned. "Father's Day is a uniquely diffic...

MA Politicians Who Oppose Mandatory Minimums

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Being among the best of the worst is not an honor. Massachusetts may rank 48th in the nation in incarceration rates. However, our nation's incarceration rate is far greater than any other country in the world. This is not good.

Music Industry Executive Meets Social Advocate: Chatting with Lava Records CEO Jason Flom

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jason Flom: "I think it was really for the general work that I do. I haven't done a ton of work on the arts side, but I have been involved for over 20 years trying to reform the criminal justice system."

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

This Man Was Sentenced To Die In Prison. Now He Wants To Fix The Law That Put Him There. | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reynolds Wintersmith wasn't supposed to be here. Not in front of the White House, or in the halls of the Justice Department, or meeting ...

Advocacy Group Against Drug Sentences Turns Sights To Surprising Crime

Reuters | Posted 07.07.2014 | Crime

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) - Americans convicted of fraud and other white-collar crimes gained a new defender on ...

Pardon Humans, Not Just Turkeys

Molly M. Gill | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Molly M. Gill

More commutations would also fatten up President Obama's rail-thin pardoning record of a mere 39 pardons and a single commutation -- the worst tally of any president in history.

Windy City Gun Sentences Driven by Politics, Not Facts

Julie Stewart | Posted 12.16.2013 | Chicago
Julie Stewart

While it used to be the conservatives who proposed new mandatory sentences for every crime du jour, in Democratic Illinois, it's the left-leaning policymakers who are agitating for the new gun law. What the heck is going on in the Land of Lincoln?

Largest Prison Staff Organization Endorses Sentencing Reform

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

The largest prison and corrections association threw its weight behind mandatory minimum sentencing reform this week, offering support for a plan to o...

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.

New House Bill Should Be Priority for Attorney General

Julie Stewart | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) today introduced a bill to authorize federal judges to depart below a mandatory minimum prison term in cases where the minimum sentence is not necessary to protect public safety.

3 Topics We Hope Obama Addresses At State Of The Union

Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact

By Sean J. Miller, TakePart The White House has been aggressively previewing President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, revealing so ma...

Experts: When A Relative Goes To Jail, The Whole Family Serves Time

Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact

By Andrea Strong, TakePart Anyone familiar with the U.S. criminal justice system has likely heard the expression, “When a person gets sentenced t...

Sentences So Long They Scare Us to Death

Mary Price | Posted 04.03.2013 | Crime
Mary Price

The tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz has prompted long overdue reflection about the power of federal prosecutors.

Radley Balko

A Less Punitive America? | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

A headline from the Denver Post this week read: "Colorado Drug Force Disbanding." Another from the Seattle Times announced, "220 Marijuana Cases Dismi...

Increase Options for Sentencing Relief

Julie Stewart | Posted 12.25.2012 | Crime
Julie Stewart

Clemency applicants frequently wait years for a response. Most are denied with little or no explanation -- or for reasons that seem subjective and inconsistent.

Florida Gun Law Gives Disabled Vet the "TSA Treatment"

Julie Stewart | Posted 06.08.2012 | Crime
Julie Stewart

That any individual, let alone a disabled vet who served his country and community, would be sentenced to 20 years in prison based on these facts would be funny if it weren't so sickening.

Don't Blame Judges for Racial Disparity

Julie Stewart | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Julie Stewart

Members of Congress who believe offenders should be punished for their conduct and not the color of their skin should take heed.

NJ Gov. Christie's Fresh Approach to Drug Offenders

Julie Stewart | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Governor Christie's plan for nonviolent offenders -- coming as it does from a former U.S. Attorney and Republican statewide leader -- has the potential to be a game-changer.

Want to Cut Spending? Invest in Jim Webb's Criminal Justice Commission

Julie Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Stewart

If we are honest, we will admit that some of the most devastating consequences of our criminal justice systems do not lend themselves to measurement in dollars and cents.

New Year, New Administration, More Clemency

Jason Flom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Flom

Obama ran on a campaign promise of change. He can begin by using the pardon power generously to correct as many individual cases of injustice as possible.