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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.

USSC Unanimously Votes for Drug Reduction Retroactivity: Thousands of Federal Prisoners to Be Released Early

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.23.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Last week, in a historic victory for nearly 46,000 federal drug offenders, the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted unanimously to apply recent amendments to the federal drug sentencing guidelines retroactively to all eligible offenders.

I'm Serving Life Without Parole For A Non-Violent Drug Charge

Euka Wadlington | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Euka Wadlington

Despite the lack of any reasonable hope of release, I am demonstrating my commitment to becoming a better productive member of society in whatever way I can.

Ryan J. Reilly

An Obscure Commission Just Voted To Shorten The Sentences Of 46,000 Federal Drug Offenders

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

A Glimmer Of Hope For Man Sentenced To Life On A Non-Violent Drug Crime

CNN | Posted 04.27.2014 | Crime

"I did not really realize I was getting life until the date of sentencing. When my attorney told me, I told him that I wanted to take back my guilty p...

President Bartlet Has A Message For Congress About Drug Sentencing

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

President Bartlet is back with a message for Congress about mandatory minimum sentences. Bartlet, a fictional president from the show "The West Win...

Obama Clemency Plan for Drug Law Offenders Is Welcome News

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony Papa

As someone who received executive clemency from the governor of New York in 1997, I know personally the power of such an extraordinary act of mercy to people who have already served enormous amounts of time imprisoned under unjust drug laws.

Florida Weighs Easing Mandatory Minimums In Drug Cases

Sun Sentinel | Tonya Alanez | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE -- Having seven hydrocodone painkillers on you without a valid prescription can land you in prison with a mandatory three-year sentence. ...

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...

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.

Obama Makes Step In War On Drugs

AP | By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the ...

Remembering Our Family Members and Friends Behind Bars During the Holidays

Yolande Cadore | Posted 01.27.2014 | Crime
Yolande Cadore

With a very heavy heart, as a mother and advocate for drug policy reform, I wish other mothers and fathers who are victims of the drug war a "happy" holidays -- but can one truly have a "happy" holidays when there's an empty chair at the family table?

Extreme Sentencing -- the 'New Normal?'

Vanita Gupta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

It should outrage us that a homeless man will be in prison for the rest of his life because he was the middleman in the sale of $10 worth of marijuana.

Rand Paul's Column Finds New Home

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul's weekly column, axed from The Washington Times this week after plagiarism allegations, has already found a new outlet. The conserv...

The Washington Times Ends Rand Paul's Column

Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

The Washington Times put an end to Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) weekly column on Tuesday following a number of plagiarism charges against his written and ...

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...

Rand Paul May Have Plagiarized... Again

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was busted in what may have been another incident of plagiarism on Monday. As first reported by BuzzFeed, there are unmistak...

Reforming The Prison Capital Of The World

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Last year, the Times-Picayune published an award winning series on how Louisiana became the "prison capital of the world." The paper justified the cla...

Kathleen Miles

California Deals Major Blow To Drug Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill on Saturday to reduce the penalty for offenders caught for simple drug possession. Senate Bill 649 wo...

Saki Knafo

White America Does The Crime, Black America Gets The Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

White Americans are more likely than black Americans to have used most kinds of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and LSD. Yet blacks are fa...

Federal Judge Blasts Justice Department On Drug Sentencing Disparities

AP | RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A federal judge in Iowa has sharply criticized the U.S. Department of Justice for creating massive drug sentencing disparities by f...

Congress Must Act to Finish Job on Criminal Justice Reform

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Attorney General Eric Holder's speech to the American Bar Association last Monday announcing critical reforms to the way the Department of Justice prosecutes and addresses drug crimes was historic and long overdue.

Stitching Up a Paper Cut: Eric Holder Is 'Fixing' a Federal Problem at the Expense of the States

Adam Banner | Posted 10.15.2013 | Crime
Adam Banner

If the federal government recognizes that mandatory minimums are likely inappropriate sentences for nonviolent offenders, perhaps the states will follow suit, developing diversion programs, prison alternatives, and reasonable means for re-entry.

Sentencing Commission Votes To Address Mandatory Minimums

AP | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to address concerns with mandatory minimum prison penalties. The comm...

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...