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Three Strikes Laws

Matt Sledge

California Prison Reform's Biggest Backer Is Also Friends With Karl Rove

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

Thousands of California prisoners could be released if state voters pass a referendum downgrading certain non-violent felonies to misdemeanors next mo...

America's Awful, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Prison System

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The American prison system should be our greatest source of shame. The only country that imprisons more people per capita may be North Korea. The voiceless and voteless prisoners and former prisoners in America need us to advocate for reform.

Light Through the Clouds

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

Thinking about the broader state of the nation, the presidential election left me with a mixed range of emotions. But as one of many working to end the ongoing injustice of America's war on drugs, developments at the state level around the country gave me renewed hope.

'I Have Lots Of Friends Who Take Drugs.. They Never See A Policeman'

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 11.06.2012 | Los Angeles

Because of California's Three Strikes law, a man from Redondo Beach, Calif. was sentenced to 25 years to life for stealing a slice of pizza. Due to...

Will California Reform Three Strikes?

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 11.06.2012 | Los Angeles
Zach Weissmueller

In the country with the most prisoners, California is the state with more incarcerated people than any other. Today, California voters have the chance to make two crucial reforms to its troubled prisons and jails.

Kathleen Miles

Innocent, Sick, Behind Bars

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.26.2012 | Los Angeles

Daniel Larsen, 46, has spent almost 13 years in prison -- even though he was declared innocent by a federal judge two years ago. Now, his life is at r...

What Kind of Society and Criminal Does California Deserve?

Paul Murre | Posted 09.09.2012 | San Francisco
Paul Murre

California's schools and social programs have been starved of funding for years but I believe that now is the time for this to change. The choice to reinvest in education starts with a reassessment of our fundamental values and our priorities in California.

7 OECD Countries with the Highest Incarceration Rates: US and Israel Top List!

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.28.2011 | Crime
Howard Steven Friedman

As the U.S. continues loading its jails and looking for new places to build larger prisons, we should be asking more questions. Why does the U.S. need so many more prisoners than other countries?

Waiting To Die: A Tale Of Modern American Justice

Luke Whyte | Posted 07.23.2011 | Impact
Luke Whyte

This is a love story about a quadriplegic woman named Sarah and a heroin addict named Rick grappling with the consequences of conviction under California's Three Strikes Law.

Homeless Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Stealing Food Ordered Released From Prison

AP | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — After 13 years behind bars for trying to break in to a church kitchen to find something to eat, a man who became an example of the har...

WATCH: Gregory Taylor Released From Prison After Serving 13 Years For Food Theft

AP/HuffPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP); A homeless man is free after spending 13 years behind bars for trying to steal food from a Los Angeles church kitchen. Gregory Tayl...

Should There Be Judicial Nullification?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

If Kagan or any other nominee said that she would enforce the law if she agreed with it, the nomination would end in a blink. But should a judge be allowed to circumvent a law that's otherwise constitutional?

They Walk Among Us

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geri Spieler

Timing is everything when you are convicted of murder. Sentencing is all about timing. Guidelines change, and so do prison sentences.

Three Strikes and You're in

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Now would be a good time for legislators to revisit the policies that may or may not have reduced crime in the country but have undeniably increased the prison population to intolerable levels.

Number Of Inmates Serving Life Terms Hits Record High

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mary Thompson, an inmate at the California Institution for Women here, was convicted of two felonies for a robbery spree in which she threatened victi...