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Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity
Launches August 12, 2012 from San Diego

Sentencing Commission needs your input on Drug Sentencing
As Families Against Mandatory Minimum Sentencing reports, "For the first time in many years, the Commission is not considering improving the federal drug guidelines. Even though the drug guidelines often produce absurdly harsh sentences, the Commission has indicated it will not even consider fixing that problem this year. We need you to change their minds by telling them they must do something to improve the federal drug guidelines." To learn how to add your comments to a growing course of dissent, please visit FAMM today.


Demand Congress increase good-time with earned, early release.
The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1231) was introduced in June last year by Senator Patrick Leahy (D- VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Robert Portman (R-OH). It still has not been re-authorized.
Visit Pop Vox to read more about the bill and lend your support.




Other Reports

To Build a Better Criminal Justice System
25 Experts Envision the Next 25 Years of Reform

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Australia, 03/04/2012
The Prohibition of Illicit Drugs is Killing and Criminalising our Children and we are all Letting it Happen An Australia21 report arguing that the harms resulting from prohibition substantially outweigh the gains from efforts by police to suppress criminal activity, a fact now accepted by many politicians, police, researchers and leaders of civil society across the world.

From the Pew Center on the States:
Time Served, the High Cost, Low Return of Longer Prison Terms
The November Coalition is a non-profit organization of grassroots volunteers educating the public about the destructive increase in prison population in the United States due to our current drug laws. We alert our fellow citizens, particularly those who are complacent or naive, about the present and impending dangers of an overly powerful federal authority acting far beyond its constitutional constraints. The drug war is an assault and steady erosion of our civil rights and freedoms by federal and state governments.

Drug War News


When will the U.S. stop mass incarceration?
By Lisa Bloom, Special to CNN
July 3, 2012
Here's one stark way to understand our new normal of mass incarceration: If we wanted to return to 1970s level of incarceration, we'd have to release four out of five people behind bars today.

From TIME magazine online:
May 30, 2012
Ouster of a Texas Democrat Cast Light on U.S. Drug War
A number of factors led to the defeat of long-time incumbant and Democrat Representative Silvestre Reyes of Texas, whose district includes El Paso, but one of them was his stance against legalizing marijuana. In his stead, voters chose Beto O'Rourke, a former US Border Patrolman who favors legalization.

Online Drug War News
Commentary & Reports

The Chronicle
Counterpunch
Drug War Rant
Narco News
Sentencing Project

Studies and Reports


Arizona's Prisons are the Deadliest
Florida's Fastest Growing in the US

New national Prison and Drug Conviction Rates from Drug War Facts


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"Protecting public safety does not require turning prisons into old-age homes," says Jamie Fellner, Senior Advisor to the US Program of Human Rights Watch and author of Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States
Summary article May 29, 2012 , Frail and Elderly Prisoners: Do They Still Need to be Behind Bars?


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