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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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Federal Sentencing Break to Include “Pipeline” Cases

September 20th

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 are already in the “pipeline.” Last month, Holder unveiled a major step toward reducing the federal prison population. He said he would direct US Attorneys […]

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

September 18th

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 […]

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California Sentencing Reform Bill to Go to Governor

September 7th

SACRAMENTO, CA — A bill that would allow some drug possession cases to be charged as misdemeanors instead of felonies passed the state Assembly Wednesday. The bill has already passed the Senate, but most go back there for a final concurrence vote before heading to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Senate Bill 649, […]

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Is There a Perfect Storm for Federal Sentencing Reform?

August 15th

WASHINGTON, DC — After decades of ever-increasing resort to mass incarceration in the United States, we seem to be reaching the end of the line. Driven in large part by economic necessity, state prison populations have, in the past three years, begun to decline slightly. The federal prison system, however, continues to grow, but now, […]

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Effort to Defelonize Drug Possession Launches in Washington

August 13th

OLYMPIA, WA — The nonprofit organization Sensible Washington announced today that they will be moving forward with new legislation designed to defelonize drug possession in the State of Washington. The group plans to have the proposal filed in the upcoming legislative session. Under current Washington State law, the possession of any controlled substance (or over […]

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Medical Marijuana Advocates Welcome AG Eric Holder’s Sentencing Reform

August 12th

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a speech today to the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in which he outlined a new sentencing and enforcement strategy as America enters the fifth decade of the so-called “War on Drugs.” Medical marijuana advocates are cautiously optimistic that the announcement will bring […]

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As Pressure Mounts, AG Eric Holder Acts on Sentencing Reform

August 12th

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday a comprehensive federal sentencing reform package with a strong emphasis on drug sentencing. He said he will direct US Attorneys that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders not tied to gangs or major trafficking organizations should not be charged in ways that trigger lengthy mandatory minimum […]

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Attorney General Eric Holder Expected to Issue Major Drug Sentencing Changes Today

August 12th

WASHINGTON, DC — In a speech to the American Bar Association today Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce major federal sentencing changes, including dropping the use of mandatory minimum sentencing in certain drug cases, expediting the release of certain nonviolent elderly prisoners, leaving more offenses to state courts to deal with, and working […]

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Attorney General Eric Holder Calls for Major Sentencing Reform

August 7th

WASHINGTON, DC – In an interview with NPR that Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said there are too many people in prison and it is time for federal sentencing reform. He could announce major changes as early as next week. In the NPR interview Holder said:  “The war on drugs is now 30, 40 years old. There […]

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