"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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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,...
Jose Guerena: Within seconds at least 71 shots were fired at Guerena, who was hit dozens of times. No drugs were found.
Tim Tyler, at the age of 25, received the mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of parole, for selling LSD.
By Joe Chivers Typically, it is the DEA, the police, or the federal authorities who pursue drug offenders, but there have been several points in history where the United States has used its overwhelming military might against smaller countries as...
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...
By Joe Chivers When we talk about drug decriminalization, the first drug that comes to mind is marijuana, but how does decriminalization affect intravenous drug users (IDUs)? IDUs are largely regarded by the public as the lowest form of drug...
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...
UPDATE: President Obama Commutes Joe's Life Sentence 8/3/2016! WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President made grants of commutation of sentences to Joe Jackson and his brother, Tommy (along with 212 others!): Dickey Joe Jackson – Boyd, TX Offense: Conspiracy to possess...

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