Alana Moore is a former meth addict who is serving a mandatory sentence of Life Without Parole following her third drug-related conviction, which consisted of trading boxes of Sudafed to a meth cook/dealer in exchange for cooked meth.  Like so...
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...
Third in a series on the Decriminalization of Drugs in Portugal By Joe Chivers In the previous installment of this series on Portugal, we discussed the intricacies and effects of decriminalization. In this final instalment, we’ll look at recent developments in...
Jeremy Theoret, co-founder and President of Drug War Stories, used to be a teacher, until he lost his job because of a baseless accusation that he "smelled like marijuana." So he went to law school, became a lawyer, and started Drug War Stories.
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...
By Joe Chivers If you are even a casual reader of the news, the dark situation in the Philippines cannot have escaped your attention. Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte, hasn’t so much got blood on his hands as he has his...
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,...
By Joe Chivers It is no exaggeration to state that the Opioid epidemic that is currently ravaging the United States is the largest public health threat to the nation today. Indeed, it is hard to underestimate the true scale of...
Tim Tyler, at the age of 25, received the mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of parole, for selling LSD.
Set to open within a few weeks, the room will not be a place to inject drugs or get high, say health providers. Instead, a nurse will monitor heroin users as they come down from the drug's effects. Source: Boston's...

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