The EQUAL Act would finally end one of the worst legacies of the 1980s drug war and clean up one of the biggest stains on Joe Biden's record.
SCOTUS Hears a Crack Sentencing Case That Shows How the Drug War Piles One Cruel Absurdity on Top of Another
Tarahrick Terry was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison after he was caught with less than four grams.
The prisons are filled with aging inmates who no longer pose a public threat.
The controversy over Trump’s pardons and commutations highlights longstanding problems with clemency.
The president's final batch of clemency actions includes commutations for dozens of nonviolent drug offenders.
During the last few election cycles, a wave of well-funded progressive candidates have run for prosecutor's offices in major cities. This time, quite a few reform-minded D.A.s won.
Nationwide, marijuana arrests peaked at nearly 873,000 in 2007; the 2019 number was 37 percent lower.
While that's nothing to sneeze at, it is a modest accomplishment in the context of a federal prison system that keeps more than 150,000 Americans behind bars.
The president's daughter says "we’re just getting started." Some details would be nice.
Kamala Harris Is So 'Radical,' Trump's Campaign Says, That She Criticized Joe Biden's Criminal Justice Record. So Does Trump.
Harris and Trump are both right that the Democratic nominee has a long record of championing draconian penalties.
Biden picked a V.P. candidate whose record on police and criminal justice reform is as terrible as his own.
The American University professor called for "drug peace" at a time when both major parties were committed to ever-escalating violence.
The criminal complaints against Derek Chauvin and three other officers rely on expansive liability principles that reformers usually oppose.
Fate Vincent Winslow, who has never committed a violent crime, fears catching coronavirus in prison.
Some places are releasing nonviolent offenders during the COVID-19 outbreak. Mississippi won't free a man who failed to hand in his phone.
Shifting the process from the Justice Department to the White House can help eliminate bureaucracy and meddling from prosecutors.
Nearly 66,000 cases are covered, dating back to 1961.
If the president wants voters to take him seriously, he should stop pretending the problem has been solved.
While the president seems sincerely concerned about "very unfair" drug penalties, it's not clear whether he thinks his work in that area is done.
A new Drug Policy Alliance report highlights this puzzling and dangerous inconsistency.
The court says 12 years was "obviously harsh," but hey, at least it wasn't 15.
Justice Maureen O'Connor has intervened repeatedly in the legislative process.
Sessions has spent his career fighting to maintain draconian drug sentences.
Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011.
America's justice system should leave more room for mercy.
We probably won’t see a follow up to the FIRST STEP Act. But it’s still been a boon to federal prisoners.
Mill's legal problems are now over, but he remains involved in efforts to push for important probation reforms.
In a speech to police, Barr called for citizens to shut up and do what officers tell them to.
Obama denied him clemency. Will Trump set him free?
Cory Booker's Slam Against Joe Biden's Criminal Justice Record Shoveled Some More Dirt on the Old Lock 'Em Up Consensus
The climate of opinion has changed so dramatically that Democrats are politically obliged to support reform.
Judges would be permitted to rethink sentences after 10 years have been served, particularly for inmates over the age of 50.
Many benefit from an increase in "good time" credits and from retroactive reductions in crack cocaine mandatory minimum sentences.
Another day, another conflict between the Supreme Court’s Republican appointees in a criminal justice case.
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.
Plus: marijuana in the 2020 election, Harris follows up on voting behind bars, another Palm Beach massage arrest, and more...
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin gives advice for changing hearts on criminal justice reform.
Pop-up art exhibition in New York focuses attention on the need for criminal justice reform.
Reducing the thresholds for mandatory minimums in fentanyl cases will produce more injustices like the ones the president highlighted last night.
The senator and presidential hopeful went to bat for dirty prosecutors, opposed marijuana legalization, and championed policies that endanger sex workers.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the former vice president acknowledges regrets about his role in the drug war and mass incarcerations.
Charles may be the first person to benefit from the sentencing reductions in the FIRST STEP Act.
2018 was a mixed bag, but that means there was still a lot of good news.