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Low Level Drug Offenders

Chicago Is About To Change How It Handles Low-Level Drug Offenses

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, April 19 (Reuters) - The Cook County State's Attorney in Chicago plans to change how it handles low-level drug offenses, which will include t...

How A Personal Tragedy Created One Of The Country's Harshest Sentencing Laws

Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

A wave of public anger over two horrific murders in the 1990s birthed "Three Strikes And You're Out" laws in several states, mandating long prison sen...

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, ...

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.

My Jury Service to America

Paul Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Butler

If I get put on a jury in a non-violent drug case, I'll vote "not guilty," based on my principles -- even if I think the defendant actually did it.

Violent Criminals, Prison Cutbacks and the Women Who Suffer The Consequences

Danielle Cavallucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Cavallucci

Once again, the system operating under the auspices of service, protection and justice has failed.

"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.

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.