WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Sentencing Commission decided unanimously to make new sentencing guidelines fully retroactive for federal drug offenders, a government press release said Friday.
There are now no limitations on sentence ... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to retroactively apply an amendment approved earlier this year by the U.S. Sentencing Commission that lowers Federal Guidelines for sentencing persons convicted of drug trafficking offenses.
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WASHINGTON, DC -- On Tuesday, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY), will introduce the REDEEM Act, groundbreaking bipartisan legislation that makes it easier for formerly incarcerated individuals to reintegrate ... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, DC -- A groundbreaking report released this week by the National Research Council, the principal operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences, documents the unprecedented and costly price of U.S. incarceration rates.
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WASHINGTON, DC -- A White House official said this week that President Obama is prepared to use his pardon power to grant clemency to “hundreds, perhaps thousands” of people who have been jailed for ... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, DC -- The US Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted unanimously last week to reduce sentences for most federal drug trafficking defendants. The move comes as the federal prison population continues to increase, driven in large part ... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, DC -- A sentencing reform measure pending in Congress has picked up more support from four more Republican members of the House this month. The Smarter Sentencing Act (House Resolution 3382/Senate Bill 1410) ... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday gave its imprimatur to the Smarter Sentencing Act, approving the bill and sending it on to a Senate floor vote. The bill is designed to ... Continue Reading
BALTIMORE, MD -- A federal judge in Maryland, saying public attitudes on marijuana have shifted, gave two marijuana traffickers sentences much shorter than prosecutors requested.
U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar said federal ... Continue Reading
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Last weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown chose to continue the 40 year old failed war on drugs.
Brown rejected the national ‘smart on crime’ trend and pragmatic public policy ... Continue Reading
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California Governor Jerry Brown (D) Saturday vetoed a bill that would have allowed prosecutors or judges to charge simple drug possession as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. The ... Continue Reading
SACRAMENTO, CA — Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed California's Senate Bill 649, which aimed to give judges and District Attorneys the discretion to charge possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for ... Continue Reading
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Thirteen states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government have already passed laws making simple drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony, and the momentum appears to be ... Continue Reading
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Marijuana arrests in 2012 Philadelphia continued with a distributing trend of racial disparity, according to figures released today by Philly NORML, the local affiliate of the National Organization for the ... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on mandatory minimum sentencing last Wednesday as Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and fellow committee member Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) sought to create momentum ... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, DC -- In a speech Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said he was expanding the Justice Department's recently announced policy of not pursuing mandatory minimum drug sentencing to include people whose cases ... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, DC -- Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from four conservative witnesses who have concerns with the continued use of mandatory minimum sentencing, a costly and counterproductive cookie-cutter approach that ... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, DC -- The FBI Monday released its annual Uniform Crime Report, and the numbers show that the war on drugs continues to roll right along. Despite marijuana legalization in two ... Continue Reading