mandatory minimums

There are two sea-changes occurring right now in the American criminal justice system. And they are pulling the winds of
Timothy Tyler had no history of violence or prison time when he was sentenced to life behind bars.
This week President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 people incarcerated in federal prison, almost all for drug offenses. This brings his total number of clemencies granted to 562 people.
13 years ago, Weldon Angelos' world was turned upside down; his life instantly transformed into a veritable nightmare. At the age of 24, Angelos was indicted on three counts of marijuana distribution to an undercover informant.
The bipartisan legislation, which would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders, is waiting to be brought up for a vote.
There are two problems with threatening long sentences to extract cooperation from low-level drug offenders. This strategy is ineffective in impacting the drug trade. It also inflicts immense collateral damage on innocent people and low-level offenders, while letting the guiltiest offenders off more easily.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still needs convincing to back the revised legislation.
One of the biggest problems with Bill Clinton's angry and defensive response to the Black Lives Matter protesters is the way he assumes the truth-teller's mantle. He accuses the protesters of being "afraid of the truth" but it is really the other way around.
These bills would address this racial unfairness by allowing individuals with a modestly greater criminal history to qualify for safety valve relief.
Yet, families throughout the U.S. know that the burdens, pain, and trauma of mass incarceration extend to women and girls
Former NYC police commissioner Bernard Kerik says Sen. Tom Cotton's argument against reform "is simply false."