non-violent offenders

50 Women Freed Early from Oklahoma Prisons This Week

50 Women Freed Early from Oklahoma Prisons This Week

The United States leads the world in incarcerations, and the cost of keeping so many people locked up has taken a toll on our country and our communities. Many states across the country have had to start getting creative with how to handle their prison populations. In some states, inmates have been forced to share […]

Longest-Serving Cannabis Prisoner Finally Out of Jail

Longest-Serving Cannabis Prisoner Finally Out of Jail

One of the reasons that legal reforms regarding cannabis took so long to enact was that people really didn’t understand the injustice of prohibition before the internet made information more accessible. A lot of people assumed that those who used or sold cannabis would face smaller penalties than those accused of using or selling harder […]

Rainbow Family of Living Light Gathering Results in 900 Citations and Arrests

Rainbow Family of Living Light Gathering Results in 900 Citations and Arrests

Here at Ladybud, we’ve covered the Rainbow Family of Living Light in the past, mostly because of the hysterical response of Utah government employees about a previous Rainbow Gathering in their state. Overall, we support the mission of this non-organization that wants to spread love and an appreciation for the natural world. For those who […]

Female Prisoner Suing Over Alleged Assaults While in Custody

Female Prisoner Suing Over Alleged Assaults While in Custody

Content Note: This article discusses incarceration and sexual abuse/assault. Karen Backues Keil ended up in jail in 2011, but she had no way of knowing what would happen during her incarceration. On Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010, she was arrested on six theft-related charges. Although she and her husband were operating a liquor store at the […]

Petition: Pardon 25 Women Serving Time for ‘Drug Conspiracies’

Petition: Pardon 25 Women Serving Time for ‘Drug Conspiracies’

When one reads the charge “drug conspiracy,” it calls to mind kingpins and diabolical plots, not making the simple mistake of allowing a boyfriend to borrow a car. Still, for the 25 women included in this petition, that is generally what these charges mean; they had a personal relationship with someone who was facing charges. […]

Pennsylvania: The Financial Waste of Illegal Marijuana

Pennsylvania: The Financial Waste of Illegal Marijuana

Since Colorado legalized marijuana, we’ve seen numerous stories about the windfall of tax revenue reaped by the state, money that is being used for education and social services. What we’ve heard less about is the windfall reaped by the taxpayers of Colorado no longer funding law enforcement efforts to interdict marijuana sales. Consider the case […]

ACLU Calls for End of Solitary Confinement of Minors

ACLU Calls for End of Solitary Confinement of Minors

Every day across the country, kids as young as 13 are held in solitary confinement with almost no human contact for days or months at a time. Solitary can amount to torture, and the consequences can be devastating for children because they are still developing—that’s why we must stop this cruelty now. Earlier this year, […]