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Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
In Midst of Opioid Crisis, an Addiction Medication Program for Federal Prisons Fizzles by Mike Ludwig by Mike Ludwig, Truthout In the spring of 2014, as rising rates of opioid misuse and fatal overdoses were capturing the nation’s attention, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) was working on ...
Article • November 28, 2017
Filed under: War on Drugs, Sentencing, Parole
Missouri’s Release of Pot Dealer Doing LWOP Gives Hope to Nonviolent Drug Offenders Incarcerated Nationwide by Joe Watson By Joe Watson Jeff Mizanskey, a 62 year old Missouri state prisoner serving life without parole (LWOP) on a nonviolent drug conviction, was released on Sept, 2, 2015, eliciting cautious optimism that ...
Publication • November 17, 2017
Filed under: War on Drugs
Congress Should Press Philippines to Stop the Extrajudicial Drug War Killings Since the Philippines escalated its "drug war" in June of last year, over 3,900 people have been killed in anti-drug operations1, with nearly 2,300 more drug-related murders2 and thousands still "unexplained,"3 according to police reports. Estimates by media and ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Filed under: Crime, War on Drugs, Telephones
Georgia Prison Contraband Investigation Nets 130 Arrests, Guilty Pleas by David Reutter by David M. Reutter About 130 people have been arrested following a joint two-year investigation by the FBI and the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDOC). Indictments for 75 of the arrestees were announced in September 2015; another 46 ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Obama Publishes Commentary on Criminal Justice Reform in Harvard Law Review by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Barack Obama made history by becoming the first president to contribute to legal scholarship by having an article published in a law journal while in office. The article, titled “The President’s Role in ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Surgeon General’s Report: Substance Abuse Continues to Grow in America by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A new report from the federal government documents what many already know: that the problem of substance abuse addiction continues to expand, now affecting an estimated 20.8 million Americans. That’s more than the total ...
Publication • August 1, 2017
Physicians for Human Rights - Neither Justice Nor Treatment, 2017 Physicians for Human Rights Neither Justice Nor Treatment Drug Courts in the United States June 2017 There are more than 3,100 drug courts operating in the United States. But while the courts’ proponents say they reduce recidivism for people with ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Unlikely Criminal Justice Reform: How New York City Reduced Arrests and Slashed Prisoner Populations by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In what has been described as a "remarkable reversal of mass incarceration,” a newly-published report by Justice Strategies credited the New York Police Department (NYPD) for a massive decline in ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Policing for Profit: Law Enforcement Agencies Abuse Civil Asset Forfeiture by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke While crime may not pay, policing can be very profitable when law enforcement agencies are allowed to seize assets not only from criminals but also people merely suspected of breaking the law. No criminal ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Incarceration Numbers Falling, Especially for Blacks by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the imprisonment rate for blacks is declining and has been doing so for many years. But the BJS data also indicates that the trend is headed in the opposite ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: War on Drugs, Juries
When Laws Are Unjust: A Primer on Jury Nullification by Joe Watson by Joe Watson The 2014 trial of Jacob Lavaro—a 19-year-old from Austin, Texas, who was facing five years to life for making a pound-and-a-half of pot brownies— has again provoked the ire of criminal justice reform advocates, including ...
Publication • July 7, 2017
Office of the Inspector General - Review of...Smart on Crime Initiative, Evaluation and Inspections Division, 2017 Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Review of the Department’s Implementation of Prosecution and Sentencing Reform Principles under the Smart on Crime ...
Publication • June 15, 2017
ACLU of Ohio - Letter to City of Washington Court re Overdoses, 2017 ACLU AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION o f OHIO I ·, March 28, 20 I 7 VIA CERTI FI E D MAIL AND EMAIL Mark Pitstick, Law Director, Washington Court I lquse l 17 N Main Street Washington ...
Publication • 2017
American Friends Service Committee - Drug Sentencing in Arizona A Prescription for Failure, 2017 Drug Sentencing in Arizona: A Prescription for Failure Written by: Rebecca Fealk, MPA Caroline Isaacs, MSW American Friends Service Committee – Arizona August 2017 Written by: Rebecca Fealk, MPA Caroline Isaacs, MSW American Friends Service Committee ...
Publication • 2017
United States Sentencing Commission - An Analysis of the Implementation of the 2014 Clemency Initiative, 2017 An Analysis of the Implementation of the 2014 Clemency Initiative U N I T E D S TAT E S S E N T E NC I NG COM M I S S ION ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Indiana County is Leader in Sending People to Prison by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In a major shift from just a decade ago, rural areas of the U.S. are more likely to send people to prison than urban areas. While big cities have been trying to reduce incarceration rates, ...
Article • April 3, 2017
Detroit's Hidden Crack Casualties by Aaron Miguel Cantú by Aaron Miguel Cantú, The Intercept Clara Hill is certain the boys didn’t kill anybody. She has known since she was 14 years old – almost three decades ago. But when she tried to tell police the truth, she says, they hurt ...
Prop 47 Makes Thousands of Drug, Property Offenders Eligible for Release by Joe Watson The passage of California's Proposition 47 in November 2014—which reduced many felony drug-possession and property crimes to misdemeanors— might be a harbinger of criminal-justice reform nationwide. But for now, reform advocates will gladly accept the imminent ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Louisiana’s High Incarceration Rate Economically Motivated by David Reutter It’s a well-known fact that the United States has around five percent of the world’s population but incarcerates approximately 25% of the world’s prisoners. Within that disturbing statistic is Louisiana, which has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the nation ...
South Carolina Court Finds DOC Erred in Treating Cases as No-Parole Offenses by On November 12, 2015, the South Carolina Court of Appeals held the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) had erred in interpreting a statute as requiring prisoners with a second conviction for conspiracy to manufacture or intent to ...
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