Paul Ryan Calls for Sentencing Reform to Reduce Poverty

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 11:02 am

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) is calling for significant sentencing reform to reduce the prison population. His proposed changes to our prison system were only part of a larger package of ideas to address poverty and improve economic mobility in the country.


NYT on Sentencing Reform and the Ghost of Willie Horton

By: Monday June 23, 2014 10:43 am

Yesterday the New York Times ran a lengthy (and welcome) editorial urging Congress to act on sentencing reform, and lamented that they probably aren’t going to pass either the Smarter Sentencing Act or the Recidivisim Reduction and Public Safety Act this summer. But anyone who thought Congress would take up an issue like sentencing reform right before an election is smoking crack.

Obama Planning Clemency for Many Non-Violent Drug Offenders

By: Monday April 21, 2014 7:58 am

The Obama administration is planning to grant clemency to a large number of nonviolent drug offenders who were saddled with obscene terms thanks to mandatory minimum laws. These tough-on-drug laws that were popular three decades ago have played a big role in the explosion of the American prison population.

For-Profit Prisons: Another Failed Privatization of a Government Service

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 5:06 pm

The idea that private companies were going to somehow find a radically more efficient way to do something as basic as holding and feeding criminals in a secure building was always pretty much pure fantasy.

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