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Jeff Sessions wants a new war on drugs. It won’t work.
June 23, 2017

Jeff Sessions wants a new war on drugs. It won’t work.

In The Washington Post, David Cole of the ACLU and Marc Mauer explain why Sessions' revival of the drug war will devastate families without reducing crime or solving the drug crisis.  
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Sessions is taking us back to the future
June 19, 2017

Sessions is taking us back to the future

Sessions' new "tough on crime" directive will inevitably contribute to a rise in the federal prison population and will be counterproductive to promoting public safety, write Marc Mauer and Kara Gotsch in an op-ed for the San Francisco Daily Journal.
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Christopher Poulos

When Chris Poulos was arrested, he experienced firsthand the difference that money can make in the criminal justice system. He recounts the experience in his own words.
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Disenfranchisement News: In Alabama, thousands more to regain voting rights
June 06, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: In Alabama, thousands more to regain voting rights

Alabama defines which convictions will result in loss of voting rights, Nebraska fails to remove two-year waiting period on voting, and more in the latest Disenfranchisement News.
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Solitary confinement is widespread and ineffective
June 01, 2017

Solitary confinement is widespread and ineffective

Josh Rovner
Commentary by Juvenile Justice Advocacy Associate Josh Rovner for Inside Sources.
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Theresa McIntyre Smith

In 1999, Theresa Smith was arrested at an airport after she met a drug courier in Roy Mercer’s network and according to the government, identified a suitcase containing eleven kilograms of cocaine for the courier. Smith said she had been told by Mercer that the suitcase contained his nieces’ clothes. For this first-time non-violent offense, Smith was sentenced to a ten-year mandatory prison term.
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May 24, 2017

U.S. Prison Population Trends 1999-2015: Modest Reductions with Significant Variation

While the majority of states have at least modestly reduced their prison populations in recent years, 16 states have achieved double-digit rates of decline and the federal system has downsized at almost twice the national rate.
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May 22, 2017

Testimony to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Eliminating Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

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Marlo Hargrove and David Waller

Marlo Hargrove and David Waller both successfully regained their voting rights after receiving felony convictions and serving their sentences.
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Race & Justice News: Can Ban the Box Policies Result in Racial Discrimination?
May 17, 2017

Race & Justice News: Can Ban the Box Policies Result in Racial Discrimination?

Ban the Box reforms may disadvantage job applicants of color who do not have criminal histories, Brooklyn prosecutors protect immigrants from deportation over petty crimes, and more in Race and Justice News.
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WATCH: Attorney General calls for toughest charges for people in custody
May 16, 2017

WATCH: Attorney General calls for toughest charges for people in custody

Marc Mauer responds to AG Sessions' decision to end the DOJ's Smart on Crime initiative on CBS News.
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Willie Mays Aikens

In 2008, Willie Mays Aikens made headlines when a federal judge reduced his lengthy prison term to 14 years as a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s adjustment to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines. Aikens was released in June 2008.
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Jeff Sessions decision to re-up in the drug war won't work
May 15, 2017

Jeff Sessions decision to re-up in the drug war won't work

Kara Gotsch and Marc Mauer explain why the Attorney General's newly issued sentencing directive to federal prosecutors is a devastating revival of the War on Drugs.
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Federal Prison Population will Expand under new DOJ Directive
May 12, 2017

Federal Prison Population will Expand under new DOJ Directive

The Sentencing Project condemns DOJ’s return to harsh enforcement of low-level drug crimes
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Dorothy Gaines

Dorothy Gaines's life changed when Alabama state police raided her home for drugs. Police found no evidence of Gaines having possessed or sold drugs, yet federal prosecutors charged Gaines with drug conspiracy.
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