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Lamar Smith Derides Reduction Of Crack-Cocaine Sentencing Disparity As Damaging To Minorities (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congress passed a historic ruling Wednesday, voting on a Senate-approved measure to pare down a massively prejudiced 100-to-1 sentencing disparity in ...

Congress Passes Historic Legislation to Reduce Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity

Jasmine Tyler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jasmine Tyler

Congress finally addresses a double standard that has caused myriad problems, including perpetuating racial disparities, wasting taxpayer money, and targeting low-level offenders instead of dangerous criminals.

On The Cusp of History

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Anyone who works on reforming the criminal justice system can attest to the fact that such efforts often take years of commitment and dedication befor...

Who's on Crack Now? Correcting the Record on "Crack Baby" Hysteria

Kathryn Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathryn Schulz

Failing to reckon with moments of mass wrongness ensures the media will continue to exploit incomplete information to sell stories that mine the ugliest stratum of the American psyche.

Smoking Crack In Paris: EXCLUSIVE Unpublished Excerpt From Bill Clegg's 'Portrait Of An Addict As A Young Man'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Literary agent Bill Clegg's new memoir, "Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man," comes out today, June 7, and offers a fascinating look into the life o...

Durbin Cocaine Bill Passes Senate: Would Reduce Disparity In Crack And Powder Sentences

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Legislation approved by the Senate on Wednesday would significantly reduce the disparity in sentences handed out to those convicted...

A Bittersweet Moment

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Late on Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent no less, a long-overdue bill that will help to reform one of the most egreg...

Senate Panel Approves Weakened Cocaine Sentencing Bill

The American Prospect | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this morning, Sen. Dick Durbin announced that he and Sen. Jeff Sessions had reached a "compromise" in the Senate gym over Durbin's bill, which...

Drug Warriors: Addicted to Myths

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

"Addiction" is always about the underlying pain. The solution? Legalize and regulate all drugs. Integrate drug policy into public health. Treat addicts as humans, their physical and psychological issues as medical conditions.

Eric Holder Speaks Frankly On Gitmo, Crack Sentencing, Race

Essence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The walls inside the U.S. Justice Department headquarters are painted with themed murals depicting law and lawlessness (a couple being robbed at gunpo...

Former Baseball Star Willie Aikens Testifies Before Congress on Crack Cocaine Disparity

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

Sentencing disparities between powder and crack cocaine cases have produced the greatest racial disparity in the American criminal justice system.

Begging for Help on Crack Street

Richard Farrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Farrell

America will never be safe from the gigantic ramifications of illegal drug use unless the Obama administration mounts a major campaign to rehabilitate drug addicts.

Ending the War on Drugs: The Moment is Now

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

When it comes to addressing America's disastrous war on drugs, the Obama administration is saying the right things. But when it comes to putting its rhetoric into action, the administration has faltered.

Obama Administration Calls for End to Crack-Powder Sentencing Disparity

Jasmine Tyler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jasmine Tyler

Congress and the administration have an obligation to show the country that our criminal justice practices will be fair and sentences proportional to the offense.

Failed Drug War Now Targets Whites

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The result of the fiction that blacks are the prime drug users and abusers has been devastating in law and public policy.

What Is Addiction?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Addiction is a nasty business which enslaves people. But if you're going to target that practice, then you'd better come and take all the coffee and Diet Coke the office.

Of No Fixed Address: A Christmas To Remember

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

This is the seventh in a series of excerpts from my book Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago.

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.

Evil Internets Trying to Hook Your Kids on Digital Drugs: Either that, or the MSM is Dead

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maia Szalavitz

A radio host claims that "websites are targeting your children with so-called digital drugs. These are audio files designed to induce drug-like effects."

A Slugger's Drug Redemption

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

Hamilton was finally able to kick his addiction and return to baseball. He was fortunate that his addiction was not handled as a criminal manner, sending a powerful message to society.

Judges Deny Legal Help To Some Crack Cocaine Convicts

McClatchy Newspapers | Marisa Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As federal courts begin the unprecedented task of deciding whether thousands of prisoners should receive lower sentences for crimes involving crack co...