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Julie Stewart

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?

Clemency Reform: We're Still Waiting

Julie Stewart | Posted 09.18.2013 | Crime
Julie Stewart

A year ago, The Washington Post and ProPublica reported that the Obama administration was set to reverse its poor record on clemency. It didn't happen. Since winning reelection, President Obama has not commuted a single sentence.

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.

Any Hope Left for Clarence Aaron?

Julie Stewart | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Clarence Aaron has been in prison for 20 years and the president has the power to order him released tomorrow. It is way past time for Clarence Aaron's mother to live on more than the thin gruel of hope dished out by the president.

Victim of an Unjust Law

Julie Stewart | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics
Julie Stewart

But because of Florida's inflexible sentencing laws, Marissa Alexander now faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in state prison, despite the fact that she did not harm anyone.

Mandatory Minimum Gun Laws Ensure Nothing But Disparity

Julie Stewart | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Julie Stewart

If you were not already convinced that mandatory minimum sentencing laws are a colossal fraud, recent developments in New York City should convert you.

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.

Facing Challenges through Drive and Determination

Jim Gibbons | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Gibbons

At the start of 2009, older Americans faced the highest unemployment rate in 31 years. It became apparent that they no longer benefitted from the same...