Right now, we have an opportunity to fix one of the biggest moral crises of our time. 1 out of every 100 Americans is behind bars. The U.S. spends $80 billion a year on incarceration. 70 million Americans have a criminal record. In too many neighborhoods, young people of color
More than half of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal in the United States, according to a Gallup poll from October 2015. With 58 percent in favor, legalization is enjoying the highest support ever reported (up from 34 percent in 2001). Still, draconian sentencing laws surrounding marijuana have led
My son Bernard is a 49-year-old father of seven, who was sentenced to 13.3 years in prison with hard labor and no possibility of parole after being convicted for possession of 2.8 grams of marijuana – the equivalent of two marijuana cigarettes — in a parish prison in Louisiana. In 2011, Bernard was
It’s been over 28 years since William Underwood was sentenced to LIFE in prison without the possibility of parole, with his first and only felony, under mandatory minimum sentencing as a drug offender. Without clemency from President Obama, he will DIE in PRISON. WATCH: #HopeForFathersDay ~ http://vimeo.com/m/108281554 By Ebony Underwood ~ Daughter of William
My cousin Tamir was only 12-years-old when he was shot and killed last year by a Cleveland police officer as he played in a park with a toy gun. Timothy Loehmann, an officer in training, shot and killed Tamir within two seconds of arriving at the park. The police car hadn’t even
My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 — for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado.