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Ryan J. Reilly

An Obscure Commission Just Voted To Shorten The Sentences Of 46,000 Federal Drug Offenders | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday afternoon voted unanimously to allow federal prisoners behind bars for certain drug trafficking...

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...

Attorney General Holder Combats 'Tough on Crime' Legacy

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 05.28.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Twenty years ago, the problem was a nationwide crime epidemic. Now, we face a different crisis: a prison epidemic. American prisons are bursting with low-level, non-violent offenders. Each prisoner costs taxpayers an average of $30,000 a year.

U.S. Attorney General Backs Drug Sentencing Reform, Cites 'Human And Moral Costs'

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is endorsing a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for many nonviolent drug traffi...

Ryan J. Reilly

New Justice Department Policy Will Cut Federal Drug Sentences | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce a new policy on Thursday that may shorten sentences for federal drug offenders as part of his "Smart on Cri...

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

DOJ: We're Paying So Much For Prisons That We Can't Afford Prosecutors | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There will be fewer federal prosecutors and FBI agents available to bring charges and investigate federal crimes, and less money to supp...

Don't Blame Judges for Racial Disparity

Julie Stewart | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Julie Stewart

Members of Congress who believe offenders should be punished for their conduct and not the color of their skin should take heed.

New Government Report Criticizes Mandatory Minimums

Julie Stewart | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Our federal prisons are already operating at 140 percent of their capacity. To slow this problem, the report urges Congress to avoid passing new laws that will waste expensive prison space on low-risk offenders.

Latinos Are The New Majority... In Federal Prison

AP | By GARANCE BURKE | Posted 11.09.2011 | Latino Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- More than half of all people sent to federal prison for committing felony crimes so far this year were Hispanic, a major demographic ...