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Cory Booker Doesn't Agree With Kaepernick's Action, But Supports His Message

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.17.2016 | Black Voices

Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem has sparked a heated debate across the country, and now Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has jo...

Grateful Dead Fan Who Sold LSD Granted Clemency From Life In Prison

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics

A Grateful Dead fan who was serving a life sentence for selling LSD to a police informant is among the 111 individuals who received commutations from ...

President Obama Continues to Commute Sentences of Non-violent Drug War Prisoners

Anthony Papa | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Anthony Papa

This week President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 people incarcerated in federal prison, almost all for drug offenses. This brings his total number of clemencies granted to 562 people.

After 13 Years in Prison, Weldon Angelos is a Free Man

Jason Kitchen | Posted 06.08.2016 | Crime
Jason Kitchen

13 years ago, Weldon Angelos' world was turned upside down; his life instantly transformed into a veritable nightmare. At the age of 24, Angelos was indicted on three counts of marijuana distribution to an undercover informant.

Time Is Running Out For The Senate To Finally Do Something About Sentencing Reform

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators pushing for bipartisan criminal justice reform are running out of time to pass the legislation through both chambers before the...

Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Bragged About Sending This Man To Prison. Now He's Free.

The Huffington Post | Emily L. Judd | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland introduced himself to the country in a Rose Garden address in March, he told the story of one...

The Laws that Betrayed Their Makers: Why Mandatory Minimums Still Exist

Amos Irwin | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Amos Irwin

There are two problems with threatening long sentences to extract cooperation from low-level drug offenders. This strategy is ineffective in impacting the drug trade. It also inflicts immense collateral damage on innocent people and low-level offenders, while letting the guiltiest offenders off more easily.

Senators Breathe New Life Into Criminal Justice Reform Bill

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Efforts to reform the country’s strict sentencing laws aren’t dead in Congress just yet. A bipartisan group of senior senators revea...

Bill Clinton's "Almost Apology" Rings Hollow

Glenn Martin | Posted 04.13.2016 | Black Voices
Glenn Martin

One of the biggest problems with Bill Clinton's angry and defensive response to the Black Lives Matter protesters is the way he assumes the truth-teller's mantle. He accuses the protesters of being "afraid of the truth" but it is really the other way around.

Why Federal Sentencing Reform Would Make a Difference

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 04.08.2016 | 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.

Mass Incarceration's Toll on Women

Michele Goodwin | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, a congressional briefing will be held on Women, Girls, and Mass Incarceration. It's about time. Sadly, to many politi...

The GOP Argument Against Criminal Justice Reform Just Got Dismantled

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics

Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner who later served federal prison time, has completely dismantled conservative Republican argu...

Americans Are Sick Of The 'Tough On Crime' Era

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

For decades, politicians have been celebrated -- sometimes even rewarded -- for spouting "tough on crime" rhetoric and supporting laws that have infla...

Federal Prisons Are In Crisis. Congress And The President Need To Step Up.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. policymakers need to grab this "defining moment" and dramatically change the way America's overcrowded federal prisons operate, acc...

The Invasive Species-Eastern Oregon and Right Wing Fever

Matthew Ebert | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Matthew Ebert

Militia groups have been active in the Northwest for decades. What they want is an overthrow of federal authority and a return to old-school traditional family values.

No, The Oregon Ranchers' Prison Sentences Are Not 'Cruel And Unusual'

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics

The uproar over a militant occupation of a federal outpost in Oregon began with a rather mundane dispute over the criminal prosecutions of Dwight and ...

Drug Policy Reform Is the New Human Rights Movement on the Block

Suchitra Rajagopalan | Posted 12.15.2016 | Politics
Suchitra Rajagopalan

The drug war affects millions around the world. It impedes the right to health of both drug users and the wider community, it restricts scientific and medical use, and it gives law enforcement a justification for corruption and brutality.

Koch Brothers In Major Rift On Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major rift is opening among criminal justice reform advocates over how to deal with conservative efforts that could write off white-co...

White House Comes Out Against Effort To Curb White-Collar Crime Prosecutions

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

The White House is not happy about language on corporate crime that the House Judiciary Committee approved on Wednesday as part of a bipartisan crimin...

A Plea From Behind the Walls: Please Limit Mandatory Minimums

Mancer L. Barrington, III | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Mancer L. Barrington, III

I am an imperfect man, but I pray I don't die in prison. I yearn to one day be the present father my children deserve, and not just another body leaving prison in a coffin. This Corrections Act could help me and others like me to have hope of one day being released.

Open Letter to Men and Women Returning Home in an Age of Reform

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Anthony Papa

The road following imprisonment is not an easy one. I know because I have walked it. When I was released 17 years ago from the living nightmare of imprisonment, I found that returning to the real world was both frightening and unbelievably difficult.

6,000 People to Be Released From Federal Prison Following New Drug Sentencing Guidelines

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Anthony Papa

It was announced today that starting November 1, 6,000 federal prisoners are to be released from federal prison, an unprecedented move that is the result of changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission last year that lowered federal sentencing guidelines for people convicted under draconian drug war-era laws.

Joe Biden Has A Serious Drug Policy Problem

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.21.2016 | Politics

Joe Biden carries into any presidential run the burden of his own history -- in particular, his complicity in crafting a generation of drug policies n...

Ending the Drug War Won't End Mass Incarceration -- But It's a Necessary First Step

Daniel Robelo | Posted 08.12.2016 | Crime
Daniel Robelo

The momentum is heartening but not nearly enough. We've only scratched the surface -- feel-good rhetoric, a few dozen pardons -- while leaving the larger, unjust, racist system intact.

100 Million Reasons We Need Justice Reform -- One Blueprint for How to Do It

Christine Leonard | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Christine Leonard

One in three Americans -- as many as 100 million adults -- has a criminal record. Because a criminal history record creates barriers to housing, education and employment, it can often stand between another chance and another visit to prison.