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Bipartisan Bill to Reform Mandatory Minimums Introduced in U.S. House

October 31st

WASHINGON, DC—Congressmen Raul Labrador (R-ID) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the Smarter Sentencing Act on Wednesday, which would significantly reform mandatory minimum drug sentencing policies. The bill, which was introduced as S.1410 in the Senate by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) in July, would cut the length of some mandatory minimum drug […]

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Bipartisan Bill to Reform Mandatory Minimums Introduced in U.S. House

October 31st

WASHINGON, DC—Congressmen Raul Labrador (R-ID) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the Smarter Sentencing Act on Wednesday, which would significantly reform mandatory minimum drug sentencing policies. The bill, which was introduced as S.1410 in the Senate by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) in July, would cut the length of some mandatory minimum drug […]

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Maryland Judge Rejects Marijuana Sentencing Guidelines, Gives Shorter Terms

October 30th

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 sentencing guidelines that treat marijuana as seriously as heroin and other hard drugs are outmoded, The Baltimore Sun reported. He cited the Obama administration’s decision […]

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Carries the Torch for the War on Drugs

October 19th

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 by vetoing Senate Bill 649, which aimed to give judges and district attorneys the discretion to charge possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for […]

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Drug “Defelonization” Bill

October 16th

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 bill would have made drug possession a “wobbler,” meaning it could be charged either way, based on judicial or prosecutorial discretion. Some 10,000 people […]

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CA Gov. Vetoes Bill to Reduce the Penalty for Simple Drug Possession

October 16th

SACRAMENTO, CA — On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown 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 personal use as a felony or a misdemeanor as the case warrants. The bill, authored by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and […]

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Defelonization: The Next Step in Winding Down the Drug War

October 3rd

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 growing.  A bill in California to do something similar has passed the legislature and is currently sitting on the governor’s desk, and […]

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Racial Disparities Continue in Philadelphia Marijuana Arrests

September 26th

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 Reform of Marijuana Laws. Using data from the Pennsylvania Uniform CrimeReporting System, the chapter’s annual arrest report has been issued for the last seven years. The […]

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Senate Hearing Takes on Mandatory Minimums

September 25th

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 for a reform bill they filed together this spring, the Justice Safety Valve Act (Senate Bill 619). The hearing comes in the face of […]

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U.S. Senate Hearing to Highlight Conservative Opposition to Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Policies

September 25th

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 binds a judge’s ability to apply a meaningful sentence that will address the offense and provide for public safety. According to the […]. . . . . READ MORE

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