The Trump administration's revival appeared to be an outlier. Executions are becoming more and more rare.
Colorado Gov. Polis Commutes 110-Year Sentence for Trucker in Deadly Crash, Pardons Hundreds of Marijuana Convictions
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos faced harsh punishment under the state’s mandatory minimum sentences for insisting on the right to a trial.
Despite bipartisan momentum at the federal level, Congress still couldn't get anything over the finish line.
Colorado First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King said she pursued the punishment after Aguilera-Mederos insisted on his right to trial.
He Was Sentenced To 110 Years in Prison for Causing a Fatal Traffic Accident. The Judge Isn't Happy About It.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos is set to die in prison, thanks to Colorado's mandatory sentencing laws.
A new bill would transfer the review of petitions from the Justice Department to a presidentially appointed board.
The annual photo op takes on cruel undertones as drug offenders continue to suffer under harsh federal prison sentences.
Thousands of Federal Prisoners Aren't Getting Mandated Time Credits Because Prison Officials Won't Negotiate
COVID-19 has led to foot dragging in implementing some FIRST STEP Act reforms.
Coercive plea deals trample on defendants' Sixth Amendment rights.
In exchange, Jones shall “never again be eligible to apply for, be considered for, or receive any additional commutation, pardon, or parole.”
A Supreme Court ruling requires due process before sending these people back to jail. That’s not happening in Montgomery County.
This Woman Served 11 Years in Prison on a Marijuana Charge. She's Been Sent Back Over a Clerical Error.
Raquel Esquivel, convicted of a nonviolent drug offense in 2009, was put on home confinement during COVID-19.
The Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects the Legal Theory Underlying a Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin
The ruling won't help him much, because he also was convicted of a more serious charge, based on a "particularly weird" form of the felony murder doctrine.
Federal Judges Are Increasingly Rebelling Against 'Overly Severe' Penalties for Nonviolent Sex Offenders
People convicted of possessing child pornography receive long sentences, but new data suggest they are rarely arrested for contact offenses after their release.
Ernest Johnson is scheduled to be executed today.
For every 8.3 executions in the United States, one innocent person on death row has been exonerated.
One at Rikers, one at a nearby jail barge, marking 12 deaths this year
Threatening somebody with prison for refusing a shot is no way to end a pandemic.
Arthur Johnson spent his entire adult life in jail for a murder he says he was coerced to confess to by police.
Daniel Hale Revealed America's Drone Assassinations to the Public. He's Been Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison.
Federal espionage laws are used once again to punish a whistleblower.
Only Biden or Congress Can Prevent 4,000 Inmates From Being Forced Back Into Federal Prison Post-COVID
The CARES Act allowed home release of nonviolent inmates during the pandemic. But after it's over, many will have to go back unless their sentences are commuted.
He Sold $20 Worth of Drugs. Prosecutors Want Him in Jail for Almost 10 Years—and More if He Refuses the Plea Deal.
That's illegal, says a new lawsuit.
Nevertheless, it will at least temporarily stop the federal death penalty.
A jury convicted the former Minneapolis police officer of murder and manslaughter in April, nearly a year after Floyd's death set off nationwide protests.
Biden Campaigned on Ending the Death Penalty. His Justice Department Wants To Execute the Boston Marathon Bomber Anyway.
A new brief asks the Supreme Court to reinstate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence.
She Was Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison for Handing Drugs to a Friend Who Overdosed. A Federal Court Wasn't Having It.
The case is a good reminder of the far-reaching effects of the war on drugs.
Georgia D.A. reverses her previous position when faced with a mass shooting she sees as a hate crime.
The federal charges against Chauvin and three other officers involved in George Floyd's death are more about making a statement than seeking justice.
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 Biden Administration's Obfuscation on Using Clemency To Free Pot Prisoners Is Not a Hopeful Sign
Press Secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly tried to muddy the issue by changing the subject to reclassifying marijuana.
President Joe Biden campaigned on ending the federal death penalty, but he’s been quiet about it since taking office.
Dickie Lynn's story shows how the drug war warped the criminal justice system.
The prisons are filled with aging inmates who no longer pose a public threat.
Derek Chauvin May Get a Sentence Much Shorter Than the One William Barr Thought Would Be Seen As Too Lenient
The former attorney general reportedly nixed a plea deal that involved a sentence of more than 10 years but would have precluded a federal prosecution.
Sheila Jackson Lee's sweeping licensing and registration scheme suggests what Democrats would do if they didn't have to worry about the Second Amendment.
The memo reverses a directive from former Attorney General Jeff Sessions that ordered federal prosecutors to throw the book at low-level drug offenders.
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.
An annual report on the death penalty shows its use declining everywhere except in the federal government.
Cash bail is as unjust as it is arbitrary.
The incoming administration opposes the death penalty, but the Justice Department has three more executions planned this year.
The initiative makes noncommercial possession of controlled substances a citable offense punishable by a $100 fine.