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The War on Drugs Continues to Keep Prisons Full

The War on Drugs Continues to Keep Prisons Full

by Von Diaz on March 11 2014, 12:16PM

More than half of those currently incarcerated are there because of drug offenses.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War, /NOW

Congressman's Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

Congressman’s Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

by Brentin Mock on November 20 2013, 12:00PM

Rep. Radel gets slapped on writs for coke possession. Black and Latino men and women don’t get off so easy.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Drug War, Economy, /NOW, Politics

AG Holder Hints at Major Drug Sentencing Reforms Coming

AG Holder Hints at Major Drug Sentencing Reforms Coming

by Brentin Mock on August 8 2013, 11:40AM

Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is drawing the curtains on the War on Drugs

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War, /NOW

Does the Road to Prison Reform Wind Through the Right Wing?

Does the Road to Prison Reform Wind Through the Right Wing?

by Shani O. Hilton on July 15 2011, 9:52AM

Things have moved slowly on Capitol Hill. Now, NAACP says conservative allies may speed things up.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War, Politics

Elon James White Loves The Wire (And Ending the War On Drugs)

Elon James White Loves The Wire (And Ending the War On Drugs)

by Bryan Gerhart on July 11 2011, 2:16PM

If human decency isn’t enough to get people to call for an end to the War on Drugs, maybe TV ratings will do the job.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Drug War

Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill

Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill

by Shani O. Hilton on July 8 2011, 10:20AM

There’s no shortage of ideas for fixing the damage done by decades of drug war.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

The Next Battle for Crack Cocaine Sentence Reform? Congress

The Next Battle for Crack Cocaine Sentence Reform? Congress

by Shani O. Hilton on July 1 2011, 11:40AM

Not every crack cocaine offender will have their sentence reduced. Here’s why.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

Justice Revisited! Crack Sentencing Reform Applies to Old Convictions

Justice Revisited! Crack Sentencing Reform Applies to Old Convictions

by Shani O. Hilton on June 30 2011, 9:29AM

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to retroactively apply Congress’ 2010 reform to drug convictions.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers Infographic

Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers

by Akiba Solomon, Stokely Baksh on June 17 2011, 11:40AM

Forty years and $1 trillion in, the war on drugs hasn’t worked—unless locking up a massive number of black and brown people was the plan all along.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Drug War

Javier Sicilia's Poetry in Motion Against the U.S.-Mexico Drug Wars Photo

Javier Sicilia’s Poetry in Motion Against the U.S.-Mexico Drug Wars

by Debbie Nathan on June 14 2011, 8:56AM

After losing his son to drug violence, a renowned Mexican artist set out on a cross-country trek to dramatize the death that our failed, militaristic response to narcotics has spawned.

Topics: Dispatches, Drug War, Global Affairs

Dispatch From El Salvador: Obama's Drug War Feels Eerily Familiar

Dispatch From El Salvador: Obama’s Drug War Feels Eerily Familiar

by Roberto Lovato on March 31 2011, 10:56AM

Salvadorans watch uneasily as a new leftist government militarizes daily life in the same way the old right-wing one did—only now, they hunt narcos instead of communists.

Topics: Dispatches, Drug War, Global Affairs

Dispatch from Juarez: Fear and Happiness at War

Dispatch from Juarez: Fear and Happiness at War

by Debbie Nathan on October 5 2010, 9:35AM

A family describes its search for peace as tens of thousands die in a brutal drug war fed by corruption, and the U.S. black market.

Topics: Dispatches, Drug War