Families Against Mandatory Minimums

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.
Harrison and three other dads shared their feelings of pain, remorse and hope with HuffPost in the heart-wrenching notes
Being among the best of the worst is not an honor. Massachusetts may rank 48th in the nation in incarceration rates. However, our nation's incarceration rate is far greater than any other country in the world. This is not good.
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
More commutations would also fatten up President Obama's rail-thin pardoning record of a mere 39 pardons and a single commutation -- the worst tally of any president in history.
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
Applying the FSA retroactively would not undermine public safety. Indeed, by passing the FSA, Congress made clear its view that shorter, fairer crack sentences are compatible with public safety.
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 tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz has prompted long overdue reflection about the power of federal prosecutors.
The recent results seem to indicate that at least in some parts of the country, the electorate is paying more attention to
Clemency applicants frequently wait years for a response. Most are denied with little or no explanation -- or for reasons that seem subjective and inconsistent.
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.