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Sentencing Reform

Newt Gingrich and Jay Z Came Together on Sentencing Reform. Maybe There's a Lesson for Congress?

Lenore Anderson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Lenore Anderson

The coalition that ran the Prop. 47 campaign shows that bipartisan partnership can work. The voters that passed it into law shows that the public is more than ready to finally end the prison crisis in our country by dramatically reducing incarceration and investing in the smart safety strategies our communities need.

Change in Our Justice System Is Long Overdue; Pass Prop 47!

John Legend | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
John Legend

America's incarceration addiction has torn apart communities, disenfranchised millions of people -- most for nonviolent offenses -- and denied opportunities to countless individuals. And all the while it hasn't made us any safer.

Saki Knafo

California Takes Overdue Stand Against 'Failed Drug Laws'

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

California lawmakers finally reformed a drug sentencing law that critics throughout the country long denounced as racist. The California Fair Sente...

Friday Talking Points -- Eric Holder's Record

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news that Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down sent a shockwave through Washington. On the whole, was his term worth praising or condemning? We have to say that "both" is the only real answer to that question.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Struggles To Explain Position On Drug Sentencing Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top official at the Drug Enforcement Administration struggled to explain her position on drug sentencing reforms that are backed by ...

May the Odds Be (Never) in Minorities' Favor? Breaking Down the Risk-Based Sentencing Divide

Jessica Eaglin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Crime
Jessica Eaglin

The U.S. criminal justice system is built on the premise that one size does not fit when meting out justice. An individualized sentencing practice is key to a fair and just sentence.

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...

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...