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Mandatory Minimums

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

It Took This Former Congressman Years Behind Bars To See The Need For Drug War Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former Republican member of Congress is ready to join the fight for sentencing reform and rolling back harsh mandatory minimums for dr...

Letters From the Front Lines of the Drug War

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.18.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Locking people up for nonviolent drug crimes has become the way of life in the United States. The more stories we can hear of those subjected to draconian sentencing laws, the better chance we have to fix this broken system.

Why Audrie's Law Is Bad for California

Jeff Adachi | Posted 06.17.2014 | Crime
Jeff Adachi

The case of Audrie Potts, the impetus for Senator Jim Beall's Senate Bill 838, is indeed tragic. But SB 838, which creates a mandatory minimum term of confinement that is unprecedented in California's juvenile justice system, is not the answer.

Death by Imprisonment: America's War on Melanin Possession and the Indigent

MiAngel Cody | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
MiAngel Cody

Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.

Matt Sledge

Prosecutor Tells Black Congressmembers The War On Drugs Isn't Racist

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

McGruff the Crime Dog and Nancy Reagan must have been busy. Two former federal prosecutors testifying at a House Judiciary hearing on Friday said the ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Republican Leaps To Defense Of DEA Chief Against 'Nixonian' Obama Administration

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) this week jumped to the defense of Michele Leonhart, the Drug Enforcement Administration head who has recently b...

Ryan J. Reilly

This Man Was Sentenced To Die In Prison. Now He Wants To Fix The Law That Put Him There.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reynolds Wintersmith wasn't supposed to be here. Not in front of the White House, or in the halls of the Justice Department, or meeting ...

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...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Dials Back Drug War Bluster After Talk With Holder

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart and her boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, appear locked in a bureaucratic staring matc...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's DEA Chief Refuses To Support Drug Sentencing Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is refusing to support a bill backed by the Obama administration that would lower the le...

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.

The War on Drugs

Bert McCracken | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Bert McCracken

With over $51 billion spent per year, the United States will arrest over 1.5 million people for nonviolent crimes, and the ethnic discrepancies are atrocious.

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. ...

Federal Drug Sentencing Is About to Get Smarter: How the War on Drugs Is Changing

Steven Brill | Posted 06.02.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

The SSA is a clear message that the America's strategy in the War on Drugs is about to change its tactics.

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...

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...

Let's Fix a Justice System That Isn't Working

Harry Belafonte | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Harry Belafonte

There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.

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...

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.

I Turned Down 3 Years in Prison and Ended Up With 15 to Life

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.05.2014 | Crime
Anthony Papa

People's fear of angering prosecutors by going to trial is real. Defendants who choose to exercise their constitutional rights to go to trial routinely face sentences three times greater than the original plea deals.

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?