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Chipping Away at Crack Sentencing Disparity
The first step toward eliminating the much-reviled 100-to-one crack-to-powder-cocaine sentencing scheme will take effect tomorrow, Nov. 1.
"...general counsel and vice president of the nonprofit group Families Against Mandatory Minimums, which has been at the forefront..."

Oct. 31, 2007 News Post by Jordan Smith

Crack Busters
The pieces are finally in place to end the crack cocaine sentencing disparity
"...Drug-law reform advocates with Families Against Mandatory Minimums say all the pieces are now..."

Oct. 19, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Drug Laws Are So Fifties
Advocacy group calls for a return to the Seventies on sentencing
"...Take, for example, the use of mandatory-minimum prison sentences to punish, and supposedly deter, drug crimes...."

Oct. 17, 2008 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Bush Pardons Hip-Hop Artist
John Forté was dealt harsh sentence under draconian drug law
"...in 2001 and handed a 14-year prison term under mandatory-minimum sentencing. The decision to release Forté was applauded by..."

Dec. 12, 2008 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
Feds ease harsh penalties on crack defendants
"...general counsel and vice president of the nonprofit group Families Against Mandatory Minimums, which has been at the forefront..."

Nov. 9, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: A Crack at Correcting Sentencing Disparity
New law may indicate course change for drug sentencing
"...grams of powder coke to net the same five-year mandatory minimum sentence as 5 grams of crack – was..."

Aug. 20, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Closing the Crack-Cocaine Gap
U.S. Sentencing Commission votes to close disparate gap between federal sentencing guidelines related to crack and powder cocaine
"...were in development, however, Congress acted to create a mandatory minimum sentencing scheme, which codified the now-reviled crack-powder disparity...."

June 15, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Top 10 Drug-War Stories
Struggling against the hysteria
"...the Conclusion: The Hemp Industries Association won its fight against the feds' proposed new rule that would've made it..."

Jan. 7, 2005 News Feature

Naked City
The DOJ spams America with canned op-eds supporting mandatory minimum sentences
"...to churning out prewritten op-ed pieces in support of mandatory minimum sentencing requirements, which are being pitched to local..."

Aug. 27, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup: 12/9/11
Get your fix of drug war news
"...community proved today how much they value giving struggling families a chance," Lowe said. "I was honored to be..."

Dec. 9, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Talkin' Crack With AG Michael Mukasey
"...words, notes sentencing reform organizers with the advocacy group Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the USSC's crack sentencing ruling was..."

Jan. 28, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

Obama on Crack
Obama says he supports eliminating the 100-to-1 crack sentencing disparity
"...5 grams of crack cocaine would net a five-year mandatory minimum sentence, but it would take getting popped with..."

April 29, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
Prospects look good for Criminal Justice Commission
"...Many drug-law reformers agree, including advocates with Families Against Mandatory Minimums: "Any comprehensive reform of our criminal..."

Feb. 5, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Criminal Justice Reform Heads to Senate Floor
Commission would conduct full review of nation's criminal justice system
"...Many drug-law reformers agree, including the advocates with Families Against Mandatory Minimums: "Any comprehensive reform of our criminal..."

Jan. 22, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Feds Ready to Tackle Questions of Crime
Lawmakers considering first review of system in decades
"...Julie Stewart, president and founder of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, applauded yesterday's House vote: "Today's vote..."

July 28, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Jersey Lawmakers Become Drug-Law Reformers?
Garden State to change drug war landscape
"...New Jersey lawmakers approved a bill that would eliminate mandatory minimum drug sentences and gives judges ability to decide..."

Jan. 12, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup: 6/3/11
Your dose of drug war news
"...Retroactivity is also supported by Families Against Mandatory Minimums, which advocates for fairness in sentencing..."

June 3, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup 12/23/10
News from the frontline of the drug war
"...Oklahoma is taking a stand against hemp. Not against growing it, or manufacturing hemp products,..."

Dec. 23, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Film Reviews
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"...cartoon superhero, an avenging feminist Wonder Woman in revolt against the rich, male patriarchy. In India (the country which..."

Sept. 29, 1995 News Feature

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Upcoming Legislative Session
Lawmakers set to tackle immigration, education, legalization, transportation, and more
"...also plan attempts to allay the opioid epidemic; fight against the anti-vaxxer camp; widen mental health care coverage; expand..."

Dec. 14, 2018 News Feature by the News Staff

Reefer Madness: Federal Sentencing Law Up for (Watered-Down) Reform
Senate committee passes compromise bill on sentencing disparity
"...same time behind bars. Current law also provides a mandatory-minimum sentence for simple possession of crack – the only..."

March 19, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Postmarks
"...terrorism. For the sake of our community and our families we need to wake up to our responsibility as..."

Sept. 4, 1998 Column

What Land Use Code Do We Need to Build the City We Want?
Planning a way forward after CodeNEXT
"...Especially for families, increased density is not the be-all-end-all for increasing affordability...."

April 12, 2019 News Feature by the News Staff

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