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Sentencing Reform

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

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...

New Report Examines the Growth of Incarceration in the United States

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Incarceration rates in the U.S. have more than quadrupled in the past four decades. There are now 2.2 million people behind bars, a rate of nearly 1 out of 100 U.S. adults, placing the U.S. far outside the experience of other western democracies.

Is Sentencing Reform Debate a Move Toward Drug Legalization?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Almost no one is talking now about changes to make the existing drug laws actually work to control drugs. The new discourse is a tacit acknowledgement that the Controlled Substances Act is beyond repair as a mechanism to control the supply of drugs.

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...

Friday Talking Points -- Happy Pi Day!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Setting a level for hypocrisy usually not so blatantly shown by Democrats, Senator Dianne Feinstein is hopping mad that the government spied on her computers. The irony is so thick you can spread it on toast.

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.

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.

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...

Ryan J. Reilly

Bernard Kerik Criticizes 'Insane' Mandatory Minimum Sentences

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Convicted felon and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is now a supporter of mandatory minimum reform after a three-...

Saki Knafo

Democrats, Republicans Launch New Effort To Fight The Drug War Together

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

Washington isn’t exactly known for its bipartisan spirit these days, but on Wednesday, Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) became ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Says The Justice System He Leads Is Broken. Can He Fix It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The East Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, near LaGuardia Airport, was mostly Italian immigrants after World War II. But in the years tha...

Katy Hall

LOOK: One Disturbing Reason For Our Exploding Prison Population

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

Prison companies have an airtight business plan: sign contracts with states obliging them to fill prison beds. Infographic by Jan Diehm for The...

Chris Kirkham

Controversial 'Lockup Quotas' Fuel Private Prison Profits

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 09.20.2013 | Business

After three violent inmates escaped from an Arizona private prison in July 2010, prompting a two-week, multi-state manhunt, state corrections official...

Paul Pushes Sentencing Reform

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday implored Senate colleagues to support a sweeping overhaul of federal sentencing guidelines, sa...

Chris Kirkham

The War On Undocumented Immigrants, And Who's Cashing In

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 08.23.2013 | Business

For decades, drug crimes contributed to an explosion in the size of the federal prison system, far outpacing any other charges brought by prosecutors....

Robin Wilkey

Eric Holder: 'Broken' Justice System Needs 'Sweeping' Changes

HuffingtonPost.com | Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Eric Holder called for “sweeping, systemic changes” to the American judicial system on Monday, urging “a frank...

Fixing Illinois' Unconstitutional Mandatory Life Without Parole Sentencing for Juveniles

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 07.16.2013 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

It's May now, and the Illinois legislature has already taken up measures to try to fix the concealed carry law. The fix on juvenile life sentences? Still waiting.

The Courage to Change: How Prosecutors Can Lead on Public Safety

George Gascón | Posted 05.19.2013 | Los Angeles
George Gascón

From the Capitol to the courtrooms, prosecutors can chart a new path on public safety in California by championing at both local and state levels one of the biggest ways we can transform our justice system in this generation--sentencing reform.

'Tough on Crime' No Longer the American Mantra?

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 07.02.2012 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

Politicians have held strong to the conventional wisdom that being "tough on crime" will win elections and appease the public's appetite for safety. But the pendulum of public opinion is starting to swing in the other direction.

Mandatory Minimum Gun Laws Ensure Nothing But Disparity

Julie Stewart | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Julie Stewart

If you were not already convinced that mandatory minimum sentencing laws are a colossal fraud, recent developments in New York City should convert you.

NJ Gov. Christie's Fresh Approach to Drug Offenders

Julie Stewart | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Governor Christie's plan for nonviolent offenders -- coming as it does from a former U.S. Attorney and Republican statewide leader -- has the potential to be a game-changer.

Cut Prison Spending First, Not Schools

Michael J. McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael J. McCarthy

Gov. John Hickenlooper has proposed $570 million in budgets cuts, hacking off $332 million from K-12 education and trimming only a paltry $10 million from prisons.

The Moral Urgency of Crack Retroactivity

Julie Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Stewart

President Obama has reformed what many considered the most racially discriminatory sentencing policy in federal law. Now, he should do what is right -- apply the reform retroactively to all offenders.