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Mercy for People, Not Just Turkeys

Julie Stewart | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Julie Stewart

This week, President Barack Obama won't just be pardoning turkeys. He decided to throw some human beings in the mix, too.

Tories Won't Budge On Mandatory Minimums: Nicholson

CP | Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.15.2011 | Home

HALIFAX - Canada's judges will get no leeway on mandatory minimum sentences as Ottawa proceeds with its anti-crime agenda during the fall session of P...

New Crack Cocaine Laws May Apply To Old Cases

AP | JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A year ago, a drug dealer caught with 50 grams of crack cocaine faced a mandatory 10 years in federal prison. Today, new rules cut ...

Reagan Turns 100: Media Fawning Ignores His Disastrous "War on Drugs"!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

It's interesting that in all of the press I've read so far celebrating Ronald Reagan, I have not seen one word about his radical escalation of the drug war -- and the devastating effects that had on our society.

The Moral Urgency of Crack Retroactivity

Julie Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Stewart

President Obama has reformed what many considered the most racially discriminatory sentencing policy in federal law. Now, he should do what is right -- apply the reform retroactively to all offenders.

Reading Charlotte's Web as a Activist

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tony Newman

Thirty five years after originally reading the book, I have realized that E.B. White was not only a great writer, but a visionary and activist as well.

The Michelle Obama Weight Debate

Peter Gorman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Gorman

If one really wants to look at a First Lady who pushed her own agenda, one need only look at Nancy Reagan and her Just Say No effort.

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.

Governor-Elect Cuomo Right on Point: Shut Down Half-Empty Prisons

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

In this time of economic crisis in New York State, when politicians are looking for solutions to reduce the budget deficit, they need look no further than the state's correctional system.

Sense and Sentencing

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

We have a much better chance of rehabilitation with someone who has been treated and trained than someone who has been incarcerated. It is time to move from the draconian to the sensible.

Cameron Douglas's Life Is in Danger

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anthony Papa

Cameron Douglas -- who recently received a reduced sentence (from 10 years to five) in exchange for his cooperation -- is now likely to face a very tough time in prison.

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.

Call for Prison Reform

Michael Santos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

Until we make prisoner rehabilitation and redemption real and institutional, we're teaching people how to be comfortable in prison, and they'll keep coming back for longer and longer.

How to Get Away With Murder: Guidant and Corporate Criminal Justice

Michael Santos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

After the Guidant Corporation sold flawed heart defibrillators which killed six people, prosecutors negotiated a fine of $296 million -- just 1% of what Boston Scientific paid to acquire it after the investigation began.

Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms Charge Ahead

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

The dismantling of the Rockefeller Drug Laws is picking up steam. The New York State Assembly held a key hearing to press forward with implementation of the reforms.

Will Cameron Douglas Do More Prison Time Than Colombia's Top Drug Kingpin?

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anthony Papa

It's time to end these draconian war on drugs laws and implement a sentencing structure that promotes fairness and justice.

Governor David Paterson Does the Right Thing

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

The Rockefeller Drug Laws had evolved to become a racist entity that was a complete failure in balancing the scales of justice with the needs of protecting our communities.

Commute Crack Cocaine Sentences in Time for the Holidays

Jasmine Tyler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jasmine Tyler

The Crack the Disparity Coalition "Home for the Holidays" campaign is promoting support for applicants seeking relief from the severe penalties for low-level crack cocaine offenses.

Obama's Approach To Fighting Crime Actually Based On Research

Heather Tirado Gilligan and Nikki Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Heather Tirado Gilligan and Nikki Jones

The Obama/Biden plan is neither abstract nor ideological--it targets the root causes of racial disparity in the criminal justice system in the United States.

From Draconian Drug Laws to Life Without Parole -- Join the Movement Against Harsh Sentencing

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

Now is the time to question what it means for society to turn from state-sanctioned executions to punishments that impose what many prisoners describe as "in-house death sentences."

Thomas B. Edsall

Hillary Hits Obama For Opposing Harsher Prison Sentences

HuffingtonPost.com | Thomas B. Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the new Democratic frontrunner, Barack Obama now faces the prospect of severe and hostile vetting from his primary opponents. Upon her arrival in N...