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Sensible Drug Sentencing Reform

Andrea Lyon | Posted 07.24.2014 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

As long as there have been societies, use of drugs and alcohol have been a part of them. Abuse of both drugs and alcohol is endemic, but could be better controlled were we to start treating drug and alcohol abuse in the same way; that is a public health problem that needs treatment, rather than only as a criminal law problem.

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.

Grover Norquist: Republicans and Democrats Agree We Need to Fix the Prison Problem

Grover Norquist | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Grover Norquist

Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, find some agreement that a problem exists when there are 4,000 federal laws that can land you in prison and more than two million Americans are in prison or jail.

Matthew Cooke and Adrian Grenier: Putting People in Jail Is Not the Solution

Matthew Cooke | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Despite the facts, we're a prison-crazed society. The solution to all our problems ... put them in jail! Yet we forget what a horrible act of torture a prison is. Even for a day.

Instead of "One Size Fits All" Justice That Hurts Communities, Let's Get Smart on Crime

Kamala D. Harris | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Kamala D. Harris

I firmly believe there must be swift and certain consequences for all crime, but I also believe that the way our system deals with low-level, nonviolent and non-serious offenders wastes resources needed to fight more serious crime.

Smarter Sentencing Act May Mark the Beginning of the End of Mass Incarceration

Charles Ogletree | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Charles Ogletree

At critical periods in our nation's history, progress becomes inevitable. The momentum is almost palpable, as Americans come together to make a collective decision to right a wrong, or to expand opportunity.

The War on Drugs Has Failed, So Let's Shut it Down

Richard Branson | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Branson

If I started a business and it was clearly failing, I would shut it down. The war on drugs has failed -- why isn't it being shut down?

At California's Formidable Ironwood State Prison, Something Extraordinary Is Happening

Scott Budnick | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Scott Budnick

The largest prison education program in California is thriving at Ironwood State Prison, where men are transcribing college textbooks into Braille, learning trade skills and where an astonishing 1200+ students have earned college degrees.

Expanded Clemency Program Deserves Bipartisan Support

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Until Congress passes bills like Rob Portman's Second Chance Reauthorization Act, or the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, we'll remain a long way off from a fair, effective criminal justice system.

Is the Destructive Drug War Being Brought to an End?

Kevin Zeese | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

An awakening is occurring, the U.S. is finally getting on the right path, people need to take advantage of the opportunity and push now to end the drug war.

Just Say No...to the War on Drugs

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

In the sea of bad news the public receives every day, the Drug War has become one of the leading bright spots, with each day bringing yet another change, the first steps toward rolling back four decades of soul-crushing injustice.

'Dancing On The Ashes Of The Drug War'

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki told the performers in his new video to imagine they were "dancing on the ashes of the drug war," he says. Th...

Ryan J. Reilly

America's Top Cop Wages A Long Battle To Dial Back The Drug War

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Old Drug Warriors Mukasey and Bennet Urge Senate to Scrap Sentencing Reform

Jane Hamsher | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Former leaders within the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency, including Michael Mukasey and Bill Bennet, have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking them to defeat the Smarter Sentencing Act.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Dials Back Drug War Bluster After Talk With Holder

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart and her boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, appear locked in a bureaucratic staring matc...

What Do Barack Obama and the Koch Brothers Agree On? The Smarter Sentencing Act

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

It's time for people of courage to beat our partisan swords into ploughshares and come together to help millions of people who have lost the power to advocate for themselves.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's DEA Chief Refuses To Support Drug Sentencing Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

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...

Saki Knafo

Senators Take Major Step Toward Ending Drug War

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee came together on Thursday morning to pass a landmark bill aimed at overhauling the federal...

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.

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...

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 ...