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Criminal Justice Reform

White People Are Fine With Laws That Harm Blacks

Slate | Jamelle Bouie | Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices

When I want to emphasize a point on criminal justice reform, I lead with the data. There are huge racial gaps in arrests, convictions, and sentences. ...

Answers From Red States For Our Broken Criminal Justice System

Laura Barrett | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Left, right or center, few dispute that our criminal justice system is broken. But two new and thrilling victories this month are giving real hope to activists who want more effective and humane crimes policies.

A Time for Criminal Justice Reform

Bernard B. Kerik | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime
Bernard B. Kerik

Today I want to use my unique set of criminal justice experiences -- from both sides of the prison wall -- to help end the mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent offenders.

Changing the Odds for Boys and Men of Color

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Timothy P. Silard

A responsible approach to criminal justice can make our communities safer, save tax dollars and help all of us, but our current system is falling terribly short -- at great economic, human and moral cost.

Amanda Terkel

Cory Booker And Rand Paul Team Up On Criminal Justice Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are set to introduce legislation Tuesday that aims to break the cycle of incarceration ...

Taping Police Interrogations Could Have Prevented This Horrific Miscarriage of Justice

Jeff Kukucka | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Jeff Kukucka

We found that interrogators who were told that their sessions would be taped were less likely to use certain high-pressure interrogation techniques such as threatening the suspect and promising leniency in exchange for a confession.

Criminal Injustice

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

For decades, Congress has implemented policies that distort America's criminal justice system and tip the scales of justice in favor of punishment over rehabilitation. As a matter of civil rights and basic justice, our criminal justice system must change.

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...

With Liberty and Justice for All?

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
J. Randall O'Brien

We are, this year, 50 years removed from the civil rights movement's "Freedom Summer" of 1964. To be sure, changes in our society have been nothing short of revolutionary. Yet over half a century later, one wonders if white supremacy remains rooted in the American psyche. Is there a racial caste system in America?

ONE ON ONE: 5 Minutes With John Forte On What A 14-Year Prison Sentence Taught Him

Katherine Keating | Posted 06.01.2014 | World
Katherine Keating

Since his release from prison, Forte has become an activist for criminal justice reform, and is particularly passionate about America's juvenile justice system. "I saw the worst reflection of our society as evidenced in our prison system," he says. "We are hemorrhaging right now."

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Drug Prosecutions Drop To Reagan-Era Levels

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of drug defendants charged by the federal government in January dropped to its lowest monthly level in nearly 14 years, not l...

Ryan J. Reilly

'Tough On Crime' Skepticism Gets Its Turn At CPAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- In a back corner of the exhibition hall for the Conservative Political Action Conference -- past the National Rifle Associatio...

Jennifer Bendery

Rick Perry and Eric Holder Actually Agree On Something: Prison Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- It turns out Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Eric Holder may actually have the same ideas when it comes to prison r...

Supreme Court Orders Fresh Look At Gun Conviction

AP | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says defendants have to know in advance that their accomplices would use or carry a gun while committing a crime...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Official: 'Every Single Parent' Opposes Marijuana Legalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Drug Enforcement Administration official said Tuesday that legalizing marijuana "insults our common values" and insisted that "eve...

Over-Reliance on Solitary Confinement Is Inhumane, Counterproductive to Public Safety

Jim Liske | Posted 05.03.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Rick Raemisch, the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, volunteered to do something few would dare -- he spent 20 hours in 'Ad-Seg,' or solitary confinement, in one of his own prisons.

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Prosecutor Tries A Radical Tactic In The Drug War: Not Throwing People In Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | 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)...

Ryan J. Reilly

America's Top Prison Official Doesn't Know How Big A Prison Cell Is (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a tough moment for Charles Samuels, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. At a hearing on solitary confinement befo...

Ryan J. Reilly

'Orange Is The New Black' Author Sounds Off On Solitary Confinement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Orange Is The New Black author Piper Kerman, whose book on her stay in a federal women's prison was adapted into a popular Netflix serie...

Justice Reform, At Long Last

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

For those of us who consider criminal justice reform to be one of the leading civil rights issues of our time, these are hopeful signs that we might be entering a new era. We are no longer turning a blind eye to the damage being done to our communities.

Holder, Paul Discuss Changes To Criminal Justice System

AP | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Over lunch at the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder and Sen. Rand Paul discussed changes...

Saving the District's At-Risk Youth From Mayor Gray's Budget Cuts

Michael Shank | Posted 04.14.2014 | DC
Michael Shank

The mayor's office has a surplus, meaning that its decision to restrict funding from this organization is not only strategically ill-conceived, as it invariably invites more youth to pursue a path of violence and crime, it is morally unjustifiable.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Backs Restoring Voting Rights To Former Felons

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder is putting the weight of the Obama administration behind restoring voting rights to former felons, calling ...

Matt Sledge

Obama Says Exactly Zero Words About Pot, Drug Policy Or Criminal Justice Reform In SOTU

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama didn't mention criminal justice, drug policy or marijuana in his 2014 State of the Union address at all. Obama recently told...

Man Serving Life In Prison For A Non-Violent Crime That's Now Expired. Why?

www.upworthy.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Jesse Webster has already served 18 years of a life sentence. ...