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Smart on Crime

Locking Up Fewer People Doesn't Lead To Increased Crime, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

The states making strides with sentencing reforms haven't just seen their prison populations drop at a faster rate than the rest of the country, they ...

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

As prophets did in the days of abolition, the anti-lynching movement, and the Civil Rights movement, modern-day leaders, like Michelle Alexander, have traversed the country shining light on the myth of equal justice in our justice system. And on Tuesday, the unlikely duo of Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul joined together to address this myth by introducing the REDEEM Act.

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ Backs Proposal To Make Drug Sentences Shorter Retroactively | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is formally backing a proposal being considered by the U.S. Sentencing Commission that would shorten the amount o...

Ryan J. Reilly

America's Top Cop Wages A Long Battle To Dial Back The Drug War | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

After years beset by scandal and criticism, Attorney General Eric Holder (right) is working to reform the criminal justice system -- a project that co...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's DEA Chief Refuses To Support Drug Sentencing Reforms | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is refusing to support a bill backed by the Obama administration that would lower the le...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ Gears Up For Massive Obama Clemency Push | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has dramatically expanded the criteria for federal inmates eligible for presidential clemency and is preparing to...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ To Overhaul Clemency Process For Drug Offenders | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department will announce this week new criteria for recommending that President Barack Obama grant clemency to federal drug ...

Ryan J. Reilly

How Lobbyists Are Quietly Supporting The War On Drugs | 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

Bureau Of Prisons To Make Halfway House Reforms | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Bureau of Prisons intends to impose new requirements on the more than 200 federal halfway houses throughout the country, man...

Obama Wants $173 Million For DOJ's 'Smart On Crime' Push

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration would like to put $173 million into the Justice Department's "Smart on Crime" initiative, according to the administration's f...

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Prosecutor Tries A Radical Tactic In The Drug War: Not Throwing People In Prison | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles is pursuing a bold new approach to the "war on drugs" in South Carolina. (Photo: North Charleston Police Department/Flickr)...

What the New Budget Deal Means for Drug Policy Reform

Rafael Lemaitre | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Rafael Lemaitre

Damaging cuts caused by sequestration have placed real obstacles in the way of ensuring full support for services and programs that expand prevention, treatment and smart-on-crime initiatives that represent a 21st century approach to drug policy. But there is good news...

Ryan J. Reilly

When It Comes To Eric Holder's 'Smart On Crime' Push, Ideas Aren't Partisan -- Or Even His | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- When Attorney General Eric Holder set out to reform the Justice Department's approach to certain types of crime, he didn't have to rei...

A Job Can Help Stop Prison's Revolving Door

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

In California and around the country, the applications of otherwise qualified candidates are summarily tossed into the trash bin because of the box that requires applicants to disclose any prior offenses, even for arrests that are very old or minor.

Robin Wilkey

Eric Holder: 'Broken' Justice System Needs 'Sweeping' Changes | Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Eric Holder called for “sweeping, systemic changes” to the American judicial system on Monday, urging “a frank...

Prison Spending Bleeds the Education System

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Ben Jealous

During the last two decades, state spending on prisons grew by 127%, six times the rate of spending on higher education. Policymakers should be able to propose sentencing reform without fear of being labeled "soft on crime."

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.

Protect Public Safety With Microstamping

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

Microstamping imprints a unique code onto the shell casing when a handgun is fired. Police can read the code and learn the gun's serial number, make and model, helping to identify its owner.

San Francisco D.A. Kamala Harris Talks To Kimberly Marteau About Her New Book Smart On Crime

Kimberly Marteau Emerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kimberly Marteau Emerson

What does it mean to be "smart on crime?" Are we not being smart now? Answers from author and San Francisco D.A. Kamala Harris.