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Mandatory sentencing news and analysis from The Nation
May 12, 2017
Welcome to the ‘War On Drugs,’ Redux
Punishing low-level drug offenders is back in style. Thanks a lot, Jeff Sessions.
October 11, 2016
Ava DuVernay Reminds Us: The Past Must Be Present in Criminal-Justice Reform
Her new documentary explains how the “slavery loophole” perpetuates racial disparities in mass incarceration.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
May 31, 2016
Democratic Leadership Is Missing in Action on Mass Incarceration
Sentencing reform will be a compromise between moderate and conservative Republicans, unless Democrats finally come to the table.
Inimai M. Chettiar
April 25, 2016
Immigrants Are Dying In Detention While ICE Ignores Its Own Medical Standards
A new report demonstrates how medical negligence played a significant role in many detention center deaths.
September 29, 2015
Why Are So Many Women Behind Bars in Oklahoma?
With twice as many women in prison as in other states, Oklahoma is the female-incarceration capital of the United States.
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October 27, 2014
By 2030, American Prisons Will Be Filled With Grandmas and Grandpas
How this country’s “tough on crime” ethos created a generation of graying inmates.
October 1, 2014
Eric Holder’s Mixed Record
The attorney general was a champion of civil rights—but not civil liberties.
September 24, 2014
Why Prisons Thrive Even When Budgets Shrink
Who says government can’t do anything?
October 24, 2012
How Mandatory Minimums Forced Me to Send More Than 1,000 Nonviolent Drug Offenders to Federal Prison
As a federal district judge in Iowa, I have sentenced a staggering number of low-level drug addicts to long prison terms. This is not justice.
Judge Mark W. Bennett