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Growing up Behind Bars: Letters from Lifers

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.04.2012 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Youth Radio Richman Em was 15 years old when he was sentenced to 50 years-to-life in prison. According to testimony during his trial, Em's f...

A Way Forward on Marijuana

Julie Stewart | Posted 06.09.2012 | Crime
Julie Stewart

Despite the growing support for legalizing marijuana, federal law still imposes extraordinarily heavy punishment for growing it.

Supreme Court Bans Life Sentences Without Parole For Some Teen Criminals

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled that teenagers may not be locked up for life without chance of parole if they haven't killed anyone. B...

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.