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Mandatory Minimums

President Bartlet Has A Message For Congress About Drug Sentencing

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

President Bartlet is back with a message for Congress about mandatory minimum sentences. Bartlet, a fictional president from the show "The West Win...

Obama Clemency Plan for Drug Law Offenders Is Welcome News

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony Papa

As someone who received executive clemency from the governor of New York in 1997, I know personally the power of such an extraordinary act of mercy to people who have already served enormous amounts of time imprisoned under unjust drug laws.

The War on Drugs

Bert McCracken | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Bert McCracken

With over $51 billion spent per year, the United States will arrest over 1.5 million people for nonviolent crimes, and the ethnic discrepancies are atrocious.

Florida Weighs Easing Mandatory Minimums In Drug Cases

Sun Sentinel | Tonya Alanez | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE -- Having seven hydrocodone painkillers on you without a valid prescription can land you in prison with a mandatory three-year sentence. ...

Federal Drug Sentencing Is About to Get Smarter: How the War on Drugs Is Changing

Steven Brill | Posted 06.02.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

The SSA is a clear message that the America's strategy in the War on Drugs is about to change its tactics.

Ryan J. Reilly

How Lobbyists Are Quietly Supporting The War On Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several organizations representing state and local law enforcement are quietly trying to kill a bipartisan bill that would roll back tou...

Ryan J. Reilly

'Tough On Crime' Skepticism Gets Its Turn At CPAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- In a back corner of the exhibition hall for the Conservative Political Action Conference -- past the National Rifle Associatio...

Let's Fix a Justice System That Isn't Working

Harry Belafonte | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Harry Belafonte

There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.

Justice Reform, At Long Last

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

For those of us who consider criminal justice reform to be one of the leading civil rights issues of our time, these are hopeful signs that we might be entering a new era. We are no longer turning a blind eye to the damage being done to our communities.

Biggest Overhaul in Federal Drug Sentencing in Decades Clears Major Hurdle, Despite Opposition From Heartless Prosecutors

Bill Piper | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

Today the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed bipartisan sentencing reform legislation that reduces the federal prison population, decreases racial disparities, saves taxpayer money, and reunites nonviolent drug law offenders with their families sooner.

I Turned Down 3 Years in Prison and Ended Up With 15 to Life

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.05.2014 | Crime
Anthony Papa

People's fear of angering prosecutors by going to trial is real. Defendants who choose to exercise their constitutional rights to go to trial routinely face sentences three times greater than the original plea deals.

Remembering Our Family Members and Friends Behind Bars During the Holidays

Yolande Cadore | Posted 01.27.2014 | Crime
Yolande Cadore

With a very heavy heart, as a mother and advocate for drug policy reform, I wish other mothers and fathers who are victims of the drug war a "happy" holidays -- but can one truly have a "happy" holidays when there's an empty chair at the family table?

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.

AG Holder Slams U.S. Mass Incarceration at Security Ministers Conference in Colombia

Tony Newman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Tony Newman

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder offered the Obama administration's most forceful critique to date of U.S. mass incarceration policies, at a meeting of the hemisphere's security ministers in Medellín, Colombia.

Extreme Sentencing -- the 'New Normal?'

Vanita Gupta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

It should outrage us that a homeless man will be in prison for the rest of his life because he was the middleman in the sale of $10 worth of marijuana.

A Victory for Safe, Smart and Cost-Effective Criminal Justice Law and Policy

John Maki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
John Maki

The Illinois House has adjourned without voting on pending legislation that would increase mandatory-minimum prison sentences for illegal gun possession. This is a victory for safe, smart, cost-effective criminal justice law and policy.

Ryan J. Reilly

'You Would've Been My Boys': Eric Holder Highlights Philly Reentry Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- It's Juan Sanchez's first day in reentry court. Indicted when President Bill Clinton was still in office, he was sentenced to 15 years...

Saki Knafo

America Has More Prisoners Than High School Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some 1,570,000 inmates in sta...

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-...

Saki Knafo

Democrats, Republicans Launch New Effort To Fight The Drug War Together

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

Washington isn’t exactly known for its bipartisan spirit these days, but on Wednesday, Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) became ...

Reforming The Prison Capital Of The World

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Last year, the Times-Picayune published an award winning series on how Louisiana became the "prison capital of the world." The paper justified the cla...

More Than 1,000 Meet in Denver to Develop Drug War Exit Strategy

Tony Newman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

Which state will be next to legalize marijuana? What do the Obama administration's recent announcements about marijuana and mandatory minimums really mean? People will ponder these questions and many more at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

Mandatory Minimums Will Not Solve Chicago's Epidemic of Gun Violence

John Maki | Posted 12.14.2013 | Chicago
John Maki

The question the public and lawmakers need to address is who would you rather meet on the streets of Chicago?

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 ...

Comprehensive Immigration Bill Does Nothing For Our Families

Abraham Paulos | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Abraham Paulos

Standing on the tears, hearts, and hopes of our families, we want reform with justice, not a bargain with politicians that promises provisional status in exchange for a police state that exploits the detention and destruction of our families.