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Federal Clemency Forecast: Not good, but not hopeless By Nancy Crist Although two leading advocates of clemency and sentencing reform are appalled at President Trump’s promise to grant clemency to family members, they also see it as the chance to shed...

Pot Prisoners

By Joe Chivers Every day, it seems that more and more people come around to the idea of legalizing, or at least, decriminalizing, pot. It is paramount that we understand that all is not rosy for those who consume the...

Craig Cesal

Craig Cesal's daughter, Lauren Cesal, talks about her father who is serving a life sentence for marijuana. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWNNXR_IAGY]
Kevin Ott, 53, is serving a sentence of life without parole for a drug conviction. In April, 2016, Drug War Stories wrote to Kevin and requested a response to a questionnaire. Kevin's responses were received on May 2, 2016....
Amy Povah is the Founder of CAN-DO, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates Clemency for All Non-violent Drug Offenders. Amy Povah experienced the injustices of the Drug War first hand when she was sentenced to serve 24 years in...
Pinkney Clowers Among the many thousands upon thousands who were denied clemency by former President Obama was Pinkney Clowers, sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for drug crimes purportedly committed when he was between the ages...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w55G1y8wK8g
Jose Guerena: Within seconds at least 71 shots were fired at Guerena, who was hit dozens of times. No drugs were found.
First in a series on the Mexican Drug War By Joe Chivers It is no exaggeration to say that the Mexican Drug War is one of the worst crises of modern times. Thanks to a mix of the U.S.’ war on...
"I have come to believe that experience can truly be a great teacher.  Even when it is painful.  If we look for and use the lessons."  Pinkney Clowers The story of Pinkney Clowers is the story of everything that’s wrong...

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