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Bombshell Paper Names the Federal Judges Guilty of the Most Racist Sentencing

It has long been known that people of color get harsher criminal sentences in federal criminal court for the same…

August 2, 2021

Chuck Schumer Reveals the First-Ever Senate Marijuana Legalization Bill

The first draft of a long-anticipated Senate bill to federally legalize marijuana has been released—and its sponsors are asking for…

July 14, 2021

Gwen Levi and the “Sentencing Goals” That Shouldn’t Apply

Around 90 percent of criminal cases are handled by county court systems, where inflexibility on disproportionately harsh sentencing outcomes is…

July 12, 2021

Biden Vows to End Racist Crack Cocaine Sentencing That He Helped Establish

The Biden administration has again voiced support for ending a law that punishes possession or distribution of crack cocaine far…

June 24, 2021

Why a Menthol Cigarette Ban Cannot Be the Answer

It's Been A Long Time Coming...A Long Time Coming...But I Know A Change is Gonna Come...Oh Yes It Will! The…

June 9, 2021

To Decolonize Drugs, Start With Prohibition’s Settler Origins

Drugs like opium and cannabis have been used in cultures around the world for millennia. Drug regulation, on the otherhand,…

June 3, 2021

NY Assembly Passes Bill Ensuring Prisoners Access to Methadone, Bupe

New York made history on May 26 by passing legislation that will ensure people incarcerated within the state have access…

May 28, 2021

Very Few Countries Track Smoking Rates Among Indigenous Peoples

All over the world, few countries are taking the trouble to monitor smoking prevalence among Indigenous populations, according to a…

May 25, 2021

Larry Krasner Beats Primary Challenger Organically, in Good Sign for Reformers

The first re-election bid of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner—probably the figure most associated with the “progressive prosecutor” movement—was closely…

May 19, 2021

A 4/20 Call for Feds to Pursue Equitable Cannabis Legalization

On 4/20, the Federal Cannabis Regulations Working Group—consisting of cannabis regulators, public health experts and criminal justice reform advocates convened…

April 20, 2021