Tag: incarceration

19
Sep

Mandatory Minimum Sentences: on Their Way Out?

This article was originally published at http://the-libertarian.co.uk/ The United States may be approaching a turning point in one of the many failed policies involved in the War on Drugs. Hearings were held in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on September 18th concerning a bill which would significantly reform sentencing in the criminal justice system. The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013,

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1
Nov

SSDP endorses California's Proposition 36

Proposition 36 seeks to reform California’s existing “three strikes” sentencing scheme, which allows for a person to be sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of a third felony crime. The law came into place after the shocking kidnapping and murder in California of 12-year old Polly Klaas in 1993, by a person with prior criminal offenses. Following the

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30
Nov

New Jersey gets 'smart' on drug offenses

Earlier this week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced a sweeping change to the way in which the Garden State will handle non-violent drug offenders. Strapped for cash and looking for ways to cut costs where ever possible, the governor announced a comprehensive plan to help keep non-violent drug offenders out of the state’s already overcrowded jails.  But this plan

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31
Jan

SSDP Press Release

For immediate release: January 31, 2011 Contact: Washington DC Headquarters (202)293-4414, San Francisco Headquarters (415)875-9463 Student Activists Praise Obama’s New Position Welcoming Legalization Debate Statement in YouTube online town hall meeting called step in right direction, but still not enough Washington, D.C. — Officials at Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) today praised President Barack Obama’s statement last week indicating

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