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.
After weeks of work from advocates and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, the Senate voted to pass the FIRST STEP Act.
The last-minute changes show how hard it is to make the criminal justice system more proportionate and discriminating.
Some people don't belong behind bars. This celebrity-launched criminal justice reform group wants to free them.
Roughly 800 federal inmates are sentenced to life under an obscure sentencing enhancement that lawmakers in Congress might soon vote to reduce.
The Texas senator is now allied with longtime opponents of reform in resisting the FIRST STEP Act.
The modest changes in the FIRST STEP Act are no threat to public safety.
Assessing the import of presidential tantrums, media hyperbole, military complaints, and the near-arrival of federal sentencing reform
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.
Prosecutor groups and criminal justice reform advocates are putting out dueling polls on a major bill in Congress.
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