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Obama Outlines Criminal Justice Reform Steps For Trump

Obama writes that while his work on the criminal justice system is unfinished, he hopes the incoming administration will “pass meaningful sentencing reform legislation” and “take commonsense steps” to reduce the “epidemic” of gun violence.

January 6, 2017
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Under Incarceration Problem? Prison Workers Union Hits Back Against Cotton’s Claims

The president of a prison workers union has hit back against comments made late last week by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton that the U.S. has an “under-incarceration problem,” highlighting the different conversations being had about mass incarceration in the country.

May 24, 2016
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Tom Cotton Thinks Iraq And Afghanistan Are Good Models For Law Enforcement

Despite the United States housing 25 percent of the world’s prison population, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton claimed Thursday that America had an “under-incarceration problem,” comparing the failed American police state to Iraq and Afghanistan.

May 20, 2016

In America These Days, You Can Never Be Punished Enough

“I had no intention,” wrote Gleeson, “to sentence her to the unending hardship she has endured in the job market.” If you consider this a heartwarming story, you miss the point.

March 20, 2016

U.S. Exonerations Hit Record High As More Troubled Cases Probed

“There is a coming to terms that this is a regular problem, not just something that happens once in a while and unpredictably.”

February 3, 2016

Obama Commutes Sentences For 95 People, Pardons Two: White House

Obama also working with lawmakers on reforms of the criminal justice system, to reduce number of people serving long sentences for non-violent drug crimes.

December 18, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Rupert ‘Murdick’

Larry Wilmore takes on Murdoch’s racist tweet: “Let’s unpack this 140-character putdown — from the nearly 140-year old character.”

October 9, 2015

Senators Propose Sentencing Reform To Reduce Prison Overcrowding

“Three strikes” isn’t just a serious social justice problem — it’s also really expensive.

October 1, 2015
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If ‘All Lives Matter’ Is Politically Toxic, Can Anyone Build A Coalition?

Saying “all lives matter” has become a political liability in Democratic circles, which says a lot about how influential blocs are shaping the 2016 political debate.

July 27, 2015

Obama Commutes 46 Drug Sentences, Will Present Criminal Justice Reform

“I’ve made clear to them that reentering society is going to require responsibility on their part — and hard work, and smarter choices.”

July 13, 2015

Endorse This: Obama And ‘The Wire’

Watch a discussion of such important topics as the War on Drugs, excessive sentencing — plus Obama’s favorite character on the The Wire.

March 27, 2015