Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Norman Brown Was Supposed To Die In Prison. Instead He's Pushing Obama To Help Those He Left Behind.
"Allow the time to fit the crime," says Brown.
Governor Snyder, I have no sympathy for drug dealers. Drugs took one of my sons -- and our entire family -- on a roller coaster ride through hell for seven years. But I don't think anyone should have to suffer the injustice that Richard Wershe Jr. has suffered.
Jason Flom: "I think it was really for the general work that I do. I haven't done a ton of work on the arts side, but I have been involved for over 20 years trying to reform the criminal justice system."
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.
But his sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in December. And this week he and several other former inmates were
But it said the guidelines should be revisited for lesser cases. Defense lawyers and some federal judges have pushed for
While it used to be the conservatives who proposed new mandatory sentences for every crime du jour, in Democratic Illinois, it's the left-leaning policymakers who are agitating for the new gun law. What the heck is going on in the Land of Lincoln?
The largest prison and corrections association threw its weight behind mandatory minimum sentencing reform this week, offering
Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) today introduced a bill to authorize federal judges to depart below a mandatory minimum prison term in cases where the minimum sentence is not necessary to protect public safety.
“I’m not expecting anything detailed,” he tells TakePart. “I’d like to hear support for Election Day registration or real
I also learned that mandatory-minimum sentencing laws do not take into account whether someone is a small-time drug user
The recent results seem to indicate that at least in some parts of the country, the electorate is paying more attention to
That any individual, let alone a disabled vet who served his country and community, would be sentenced to 20 years in prison based on these facts would be funny if it weren't so sickening.