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Land of the Free? America Has 25 Percent of the World’s Prisoners

By Joshua Holland The United States has about five percent of the world’s population and houses around 25 percent of its prisoners. In large part, that’s the result of the “war on drugs” and long mandatory minimum sentences, but it … Continue reading

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Mass incarceration does injustice to millions of American children

By Michael Leo Owens Reform criminal justice now. That was the core message US Attorney General Eric Holder delivered recently to the American Bar Association and our nation. He declared that “too many Americans go to too many prisons for … Continue reading

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Holder: ‘We Can’t Incarcerate Our Way to Becoming a Safer Nation’

By Brentin Mock Well, the private prison industry won’t like this at all: Today, Attorney General Eric Holder will announce new policies that will reduce maximized sentences for nonviolent drug offenders who aren’t tied to gangs or large-scale drug organizations. … Continue reading

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Reversing Course, ALEC Supports Reform Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

By Nicole Flatow The American Legislative Exchange Council was a driving force behind moves to impose tougher sentences and inflate the U.S. prison population. But on Monday, the conservative, corporate-backed group adopted model legislation that would reform draconian mandatory minimum … Continue reading

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