Still from "Toughest Prisons in America - Lewisburg Federal Documentary." Source:
06 Nov 2017

Interview: Man Granted Clemency By Obama Over Drug Charges Rebuilds Life

In 1997, when Romaine “Chip” Dukes was 24-years-old, he was convicted on three federal drug charges and was given a mandatory life sentence, plus ten years.

Senators Chuck Grassley (left), Jeff Cornyn (center), and Dick Durbin (right) announcing the final version of the Sentencing Reform And Corrections Act. Screenshot from committee broadcast.
02 May 2016

Senate May Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentences With More Mandatory Minimum Sentences

The final version of the Senate’s criminal justice reform package no longer reduces sentences for violent crimes, and includes a new drug mandatory minimum.

President Barack Obama addresses the audience at Penn State. (Penn State on Flickr)
09 Feb 2016

Did Obama Approve GOP Efforts To Water-Down Criminal Justice Reform?

Republicans are likely to further weaken bipartisan criminal justice reform, and it appears President Obama may have given them the green light.