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.
The former attorney general's worst hits
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.
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.
In Tennessee and around the country, "drug-free school zones" are little more than excuses for harsher drug sentencing.
Even while scaling back mandatory minimums, politicians can’t resist trying to punish people to fight drugs.