Fair Sentencing Act
The scorn and dehumanization of the crack epidemic has been replaced by empathy and rehabilitation.
Obama's reforms were small and intended to be built upon. Now, they are primed to be erased.
I think we should honor the woman who started Orange Is the New Black with her prison memoir, Piper Kerman. Not only is her story beside every returning citizen as they show themselves to the world after being locked away from society, she catalyzed the criminal justice reform movement we're witnessing right now.
"But the Legislation Doesn't Go Far Enough": It's Time to Check Our Unincarcerated Privilege in the Conversation About Sentencing Reform
There are two bills pending in Congress that could change that: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123) and
These bills would address this racial unfairness by allowing individuals with a modestly greater criminal history to qualify for safety valve relief.
As the prison population soared, conservatives chafed at the waste of human potential and increasing cost of the prison bureaucracy. They were frustrated that so little was being done to prepare inmates for their release, and they were appalled at the overcrowded conditions, violence and rape, and the lack of medical care, drug treatment and mental-health services. Conservatives joined with liberals in backing such important reforms as the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the Second Chance Act and the Fair Sentencing Act.
"I started crying right there, I started shaking," he told The Huffington Post in a phone interview, limited to 15 minutes
The end result of the bloated, grotesque drug war is that the U.S., with five percent of the planet's population, has nearly 25 percent of its inmates.
Last week I listened with great interest to a speech Attorney General Eric Holder presented in front of the American Bar Association.
"Eric Holder is perfectly content to make a speech to the ABA, and yet his own department that calls itself 'Justice' is
We knew the verdict was coming; still, the reality of it was a punch in the gut for millions of Americans who hoped that George Zimmerman's killing the unarmed Trayvon Martin would end with conviction. What is to be done?
Despite improvements by Congress, the Sentencing Commission, the Department of Justice and the Supreme Court, the fight for fairness and justice in crack cocaine sentencing is not over.
Widely regarded as a Bush-era political martyr, particularly by Senate Republicans and the conservative legal world, Estrada
Somewhere in a U.S. prison today, a young Black man sits behind bars counting down the days till he sees freedom. He has become hardened and likely more dangerous while his White cellmate was released years prior for virtually the same crime.
The president can exercise his executive clemency power to right historical wrongs by commuting the remaining sentences of those of us who have fallen through the cracks. I hope he does.
Congress ignored the temptation of "soft on crime" mudslinging and instead listened to the public, the experts, the courts, and the people who have lost to these racially discriminatory and overly harsh crack sentences.
We must take an unflinching look at the extent to which the previous policies have failed to promote public safety and health, and have instead diverted taxpayer money from schools to prisons.