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Ricky Minor: Because of mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, Ricky was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for attempting to manufacture meth.
"A life sentence, is worse than a death sentence!!! A death sentence you die once!!! A life sentence you die a little every day!!!!" Michael Pelletier, a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair since he was eleven years old, was convicted of...
by Limus Woods A scene from the 2001 movie Training Day comes to mind when I think about what civil forfeiture is at its root. In the movie, Denzel Washington plays a dirty detective named Alonzo, and Ethan Hawke played...
"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...
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...
UPDATE: President Obama commutes Rudy’s sentence August 30, 2016!!!! Rudy Martinez is currently serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole following his conviction in 1992 on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.  Rudy is...
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....
by Nancy Crist Kevin Ring was bitten by the political bug after interning on Capitol Hill during college. “I was a typical Hill rat,” Kevin says. “I rose through the ranks.” After graduating from Syracuse University, he worked as a...
Mark Osler is a tireless advocate for sentencing and clemency reform.  He is currently a Law Professor and the Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, in Minneapolis, Minnesota,...
Third and final in a series on the Mexican Drug War By Joe Chivers In previous articles, I’ve covered the history of the Mexican Drug War from its origins until now, so what’s next? It’s a question that’s been pondered...

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