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Mandatory-Minimum Sentencing Criticized, Even by Judges
"...Thanks in part to draconian mandatory-minimum sentencing and insufficiently flexible federal sentencing guidelines, our nation's..."

Aug. 22, 2003 Postmarks

Perry Adds Abortion, Minimum Sentencing to Special Session
Two red meat conservative items bolted on to agenda
"...First transportation, now abortions and minimum sentencing: Ramping up speculation that Gov. Rick Perry will..."

June 11, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

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.
"...The first step toward eliminating the much-reviled 100-to-1 crack-to-powder-cocaine sentencing scheme will take effect tomorrow, Nov. 1, when federal..."

Oct. 31, 2007 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: A Victory for Proportional Sentencing
The House Judiciary Committee has voted to end the disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine
" federal judges, especially those on the United States Sentencing Commission, members of the House Judiciary Committee on July..."

Aug. 14, 2009 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: A Crack at Correcting Sentencing Disparity
New law may indicate course change for drug sentencing
"...was codified, federal lawmakers have finally undone the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. And without delay,..."

Aug. 20, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Federal Sentencing Law Up for (Watered-Down) Reform
Senate committee passes compromise bill on sentencing disparity
"...a bill to do away with the infamous 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. Unfortunately, it's not..."

March 19, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Outside In
Jay Duplass and Edie Falco in a story of post-prison re-integration.
"...for turning her on to a cause – ending mandatory minimums – that’s given her new purpose. While Chris..."

May 25, 2018 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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
The odd logic behind federal sentencing guidelines
"...the U.S. Supreme Court made a revelatory ruling: Federal sentencing guidelines, laying out mandatory ranges for a host of..."

Oct. 26, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Bush Pardons Hip-Hop Artist
John Forté was dealt harsh sentence under draconian drug law
" 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: Closing the Crack-Cocaine Gap
U.S. Sentencing Commission votes to close disparate gap between federal sentencing guidelines related to crack and powder cocaine
"...The U.S. Sentencing Commission has voted to close the widely disparate gap..."

June 15, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
Feds ease harsh penalties on crack defendants
"...The first step toward eliminating the much-reviled 100-to-1 crack-to-powder-cocaine sentencing scheme took effect Nov. 1, with federal sentencing guidelines..."

Nov. 9, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
Convicted drug felons slated for early release this week under new crack-cocaine guidelines
"...Thanks to long-awaited changes to federal crack-cocaine sentencing guidelines, adopted last year by the U.S. Sentencing Commission..."

March 7, 2008 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup: 12/9/11
Get your fix of drug war news
"...on the books as well as the use of mandatory minimum sentencing. Just what we need. Passage of the..."

Dec. 9, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Top 10 Joints
"...Bogart Holder Although Obama has said he favors eliminating mandatory-minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenses, he disappointed many by..."

Jan. 2, 2009 News Column by Jordan Smith

Top 10 Drug-War Stories
Struggling against the hysteria
"...8) Sensenbrenner's Minimum of Good Sense: Despite growing opposition to federal mandatory-minimum..."

Jan. 7, 2005 News Feature

Weed Watch: Senate Mulls Med-Mari Defense
Bill would allow medical use claims in drug cases; mandatory sentencing slagged
"...under former Gov. Michael Dukakis – imposes a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for defendants convicted of drug possession within..."

Nov. 26, 2004 News Feature 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 justice system..."

Feb. 5, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Weed Watch
Federal judges -- including a Supreme Court justice -- cry foul as Congress stiffens mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes.
"...Anthony Kennedy last week decried the strengthening of federal mandatory-minimum sentencing schemes when speaking at the American Bar Association..."

Aug. 22, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

DVD Watch: 'Snitch'
Director Ric Roman Waugh makes The Rock into an everyman
"...conscience, and his concern over the appalling use of mandatory minimum sentences in criminal justice. That's a long way..."

June 11, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Reefer Madness
The dope on Clinton, Obama, and McCain
"...half of them (900,000) were black, reports the nonprofit Sentencing Project. The startling increase in the number of incarcerated..."

May 2, 2008 News Column by Jordan Smith

Obama on Crack
Obama says he supports eliminating the 100-to-1 crack sentencing disparity
"...Obama supports the adoption of a one-to-one crack-to-powder cocaine sentencing scheme, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer told a Congressional..."

April 29, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...Kennedy (a Reagan appointee) called for an end to mandatory minimum sentencing -- sentencing guidelines legislated by Congress, which..."

Oct. 10, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Weed Watch
Orrin Hatch, drug law reformer?
"...the case was based on his "long-standing angst" with mandatory-minimum sentencing laws, which prescribe variously draconian prison terms for..."

Aug. 4, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Chronic Goes On
Top 10 drug war stories
"...12, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the federal mandatory-minimum sentencing schemes enacted by Congress in the mid-Eighties in..."

Jan. 6, 2006 News Feature

Top 10 2007 Joints
Reefer Madness
"...first step toward eliminating the draconian 100-to-1 crack-to-powder-cocaine federal sentencing ratio took effect, cutting crack-related federal sentences by an..."

Jan. 4, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

"...Holder announced his support for reducing the use of mandatory minimum sentencing in federal drug cases and of drug..."

Aug. 16, 2013 News Feature

Cops Say Legalize It
New report from drug-reform cops with the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition says the time is right to legalize -- and regulate -- drugs
"...recommend greater support for harm-reduction strategies, such as repealing mandatory minimum sentencing and legalizing needle exchange. "However, until prohibition..."

Dec. 2, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

Eric Schlosser at BookPeople
"When government makes a free-market activity illegal -- smoking pot, buying porn, being an illegal alien -- it creates a black market that's untaxed, unregulated, and often dangerous," observes Nick Barbaro of Eric Schlosser's follow-up to Fast Food Nation. "And if you want to see where the government is interfering with the workings of the market, look at the underground economy."
"...and was sentenced to life in prison under federal mandatory minimum-sentencing guidelines...."

May 16, 2003 Books Feature by Nick Barbaro

Naked City
Sentencing reform (or not), medical marijuana, and short-term memory loss in Nevada
"...James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, whose new bill would beef up mandatory minimum sentences for folks convicted of selling marijuana to..."

July 2, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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