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Mandatory Minimum Sentences

An Open Letter To Members Of Congress

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The communities of faith, human service providers, civil rights, labor, and other advocates for low-income people represented in the Coalition on Human Needs call upon you to exercise leadership by taking these steps.

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.

Making Irrational Rational

Nelson Saiers | Posted 07.21.2016 | Arts
Nelson Saiers

On this Rational Pi Day, consider some of our irrational societal behaviors. Begin to take the first steps towards quelling those and taking more rational approaches to the issues that will impact us all.

This Former Addict Beat The Odds After He Got Life In Prison

Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.08.2014 | Black Voices

When Michael Banyard walked outside one September evening in search of cocaine, he had no idea that his 0.01 gram purchase would grant him an automati...

Matt Sledge

Prosecutor Tells Black Congressmembers The War On Drugs Isn't Racist

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

McGruff the Crime Dog and Nancy Reagan must have been busy. Two former federal prosecutors testifying at a House Judiciary hearing on Friday said the ...

Dear Low Level, Non-Violent Drug Prisoners: Please File for Clemency

Steven Brill | Posted 04.05.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

Although 2014 is only weeks old, the Obama administration is making good on its promise to use the power of the executive branch to advance the President's policy agenda when Congress will not, or is slow to, act.

Wall Street's Police State?

Les Leopold | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Les Leopold

How is it that our land, supposedly the beacon of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world, puts so many of its own people into prison? And why has the number climbed so drastically since 1980?

Ryan J. Reilly

Bernard Kerik Criticizes 'Insane' Mandatory Minimum Sentences

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Convicted felon and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is now a supporter of mandatory minimum reform after a three-...

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?

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ Makes Big Announcement About Prison Sentences For Drug Crimes

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors will soon begin applying a policy that helps certain drug offenders avoid mandatory minimum sentences to defendants ...

Ryan J. Reilly

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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, ...

Report: U.S. To End Mandatory Sentences For Some Drug Offenders

The Washington Post | Sari Horwitz | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is set to announce Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug orga...

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.

Senators Introduce Bill To Scale Back Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced a bill Wednesday designed to give relief to the nation's bloated prison system by offerin...

Justice Should Apply to All, Not Just Juveniles

Julie Stewart | Posted 08.28.2012 | Crime
Julie Stewart

The Supreme Court held that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. The Court got the result right, but it was the reasoning of Justice Elena Kagan's majority opinion that grabbed my attention.

Should There Be Judicial Nullification?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

If Kagan or any other nominee said that she would enforce the law if she agreed with it, the nomination would end in a blink. But should a judge be allowed to circumvent a law that's otherwise constitutional?