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Criminal Justice Reform

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

Katherine Keating | Posted 04.01.2014 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.24.2014 | 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) | 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 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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 | 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 | 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? | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

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

Can We Wait 88 Years to End Mass Incarceration?

Marc Mauer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Crime
Marc Mauer

By many measures, there is growing momentum for criminal justice reform. But any optimism needs to be tempered by the very modest rate of incarceration decline, 1.8 percent in the past year. At this rate, it will take until 2101 -- 88 years -- for the prison population to return to its 1980 level.

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...

HIV Criminalization and Stigma

Ace Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

We must base prevention and treatment efforts in sustainable endeavors that encourage education about, prevention, and treatment of HIV. Criminalizing those infected by HIV is not one of them. Enough is enough.

Amanda Terkel

Cory Booker's Push For Criminal Justice Reform Gets Big Boost | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Criminal justice reform will be at the top of Sen.-elect Cory Booker's (D-N.J.) agenda when he is sworn in on Thursday, and he has alrea...

As Immigration Reform Comes Up Again, Watch This Private Prison Company

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jesse Lava

The country's biggest for-profit prison companies already pull in hundreds of millions of dollars a year locking up immigrants in federal custody. They stand to pull in even more money if the new laws generate lots of new prisoners.

Largest Prison Staff Organization Endorses Sentencing Reform

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

The largest prison and corrections association threw its weight behind mandatory minimum sentencing reform this week, offering support for a plan to o...

Radley Balko

Drawing Down: How To Roll Back Police Militarization In America | Radley Balko | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

When the FBI finally located Whitey Bulger in 2010 after searching for 16 years, the reputed mobster was suspected of involvement in 19 murders in the...

Three Reasons Why Smart Is the New Dumb on Criminal Justice

Jesse Lava | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Jesse Lava

This trifecta of Holder's speech, reduced phone rates, and reform of stop-and-frisk has meant a glorious few days for the panoply of organizations pushing criminal justice reform.

Michael Douglas Wants to Overhaul America's Legal System

Anthony Papa | Posted 08.04.2013 | Entertainment
Anthony Papa

In a recent interview in Britain's Event Magazine, academy award winning actor, Michael Douglas, vowed to fight for a complete overhaul of America's legal system. This comes on the heels of his son Cameron losing his appeal which affirmed his nine and a half year sentence for drug charges.