sentencing reform

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Lauds California’s Proposition 47

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Lauds California’s Proposition 47

Given that their name is essentially their mission statement, it should come as little surprise that the organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums(FAMM) is approving of California’s recent passage of Proposition 47, a law which reduced penalties for common drug and theft crimes. Founded in 1991 by Julie Stewart, FAMM has been fighting for the reform […]

Drug War Prisoners Helping America and Themselves: A Plan for Decarceration

Drug War Prisoners Helping America and Themselves: A Plan for Decarceration

By Nora Callahan There is something new in the wind, with regards to the old and brutal drug war. National leaders, including our President, have acknowledged that sentencing schemes of the last few decades brought us an era of mass incarceration. Admission of grave injustice is new and a welcome respite from the steady drum war beat. But polices – our laws […]

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Among drug policy reform activists, there is a consensus that punitive approaches should not constitute the bulk of our national strategy to reduce the harms associated with addiction and problematic use of drugs. Whether in recognition of its fiscal irresponsibility, its conflict with public health goals, or its disparate impact on brown, black, and poor […]