Slowly but surely, some of the most glaring problems of our criminal justice system are being addressed.
Judges would be permitted to rethink sentences after 10 years have been served, particularly for inmates over the age of 50.
Joe Biden's New Criminal Justice Platform Calls for Eliminating Harsh Policies Sponsored by Joe Biden
A breathtaking repudiation of his own legacy on criminal justice
Congressman Asked Bureau of Prisons Three Times About Nonviolent Offender Who Later Died in Maximum Security Lockup
A congressman forwarded messages to the Bureau of Prisons from Rick Turner's family begging for his relocation. Two were ignored.
Booker would move the process away from prosecutors and into the White House.
A Judge Called His Mandatory Sentence 'Excessive' and 'Wrong.' Less Than a Year Later He Died In Federal Prison
Frederick Turner was sentenced to a mandatory 40 years on nonviolent drug and firearm charges. He ended up in a high-security federal prison, and now he's dead.
1,051 Crack Sentence Reductions Illustrate Painful Progress Toward a Less Mindlessly Punitive Justice System
On average, crack offenders who have benefited from the FIRST STEP Act will serve 14 years instead of 20.
In the Space of One Minute, Joe Biden Defends the Death Penalty for Drug Dealers, Asset Forfeiture, and Mandatory Minimums
This 1991 Senate floor speech shows Biden's central role in crafting disastrous crime policies.
The paper suggests that more drug law enforcement is the solution to a problem created by drug law enforcement.
The problem isn't that a judge went easy on a rich defendant. It's that mandatory minimums make it impossible to do the same in many other cases.
The passage of the bipartisan FIRST STEP Act in Congress and a struggling, expensive prison system have Florida lawmakers considering similar reforms.
Reducing the thresholds for mandatory minimums in fentanyl cases will produce more injustices like the ones the president highlighted last night.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the former vice president acknowledges regrets about his role in the drug war and mass incarcerations.
The Number of Men in Federal Prison for Viewing or Sharing Child Pornography Has Nearly Septupled Since 2004
Most are serving mandatory minimums, usually for crimes that did not involve assault or sexual abuse.
2018 was a mixed bag, but that means there was still a lot of good news.
The last-minute changes show how hard it is to make the criminal justice system more proportionate and discriminating.
The FIRST STEP Act might get shoved into an end-of-year spending bill.
My case involving Weldon Angelos illustrates the problem with "stacking" federal mandatory minimum gun charges from a single episode. The statute will apparently soon be amended to become a true recidivism statute.
At a celebrity-headlined and media-focused summit on incarceration, the speakers recognize their allies.
What did it take? A promise not to make mandatory minimum reductions retroactive.
And a state lawmaker says criminal justice reform bills are already on the way.
Federal Judge Advocates Jury Nullification After Being Shocked by Overzealous Child Pornography Prosecution
It just makes sense to let jurors know about their already established power to exercise discretion over bad laws and ill-considered prosecutions.
Under Tennessee's harsh drug-free school zone laws, Bryant received a 17-year sentence for a first-time drug offense.
Florida has rolled back some of its worst mandatory minimum laws, but the inmates sentenced under them have no relief.
Steve and Dwight Hammond became a cause célèbre for angry ranchers and another example of inflexible mandatory minimum sentences.
Black Gun Owner Will Give Birth in Prison After Trying to Protect 2-Year-Old Daughter from Assailant
Siwatu-Salama Ra used a legally purchased firearm to protect her family. She was sentenced to 2 years in prison.
Somebody tell the president.
A new poll says voters want change. They can get it if they truly want it.
Even while scaling back mandatory minimums, politicians can't resist trying to punish people to fight drugs.
The president lacks subtlety or substance over a chronic public health problem-go figure.
Passing federal sentencing reform will be the hardest thing he's ever done.
Could the contrast have something to do with his boss's policy preferences?
The attorney general is determined to reverse the recent trend toward more judicious use of severe penalties.
It looks like the policy Jeff Sessions rescinded did have a significant impact on the sentences received by nonviolent, low-level defendants.
Senators drafting massive combination bill with "Kate's Law" and "Back the Blue" mandatory minimum sentences that are expensive, unneeded.
The bill was requested by the Department of Justice after federal prosecutors bungled a child exploitation case.
Defending the DOJ's new, harsher charging policy, assistant U.S. attorneys say they only prosecute high-level offenders.
Paul, Leahy, and Merkley have reintroduced the Justice Safety Valve Act and think "we could get the president to sign it."
The impact of the new charging policy was not as big as the DOJ implied.
If successful, state would stop piling on more punishment for prior convictions.