AG Sessions paves way for stricter sentencing in criminal cases

By Laura Jarrett, CNN Updated 7:54 AM ET, Fri May 12, 2017 (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a new directive for federal prosecutors across the country: charge suspects with the most serious offense you can prove. Friday's announcement follows a line of several other significant departures from Obama-era domestic policies at the Justice Department, but …

Outrageous Sentences for Marijuana

By THE EDITORIAL BOARDAPRIL 14, 2016   Lee Carroll Brooker, a 75-year-old disabled veteran suffering from chronic pain, was arrested in July 2011 for growing three dozen marijuana plants for his own medicinal use behind his son’s house in Dothan, Ala., where he lived. For this crime, Mr. Brooker was given a life sentence with …

As Marijuana Goes Mainstream, California Pioneers Rot in Federal Prison

Luke Scarmazzo and Ricardo Montes opened a dispensary in Modesto. Now they're doing 20 years in federal prison. Their families want them home. By Angela Bacca / AlterNet April 13, 2016 Behind the headlines about President Obama’s historic visit to federal prisons and highly publicized releases of non-violent drug offenders, the numbers tell a different …

Ex-judge urges Obama to commute harsh sentence he was forced to give

A former federal judge in Utah is asking President Barack Obama to commute the sentence for Weldon Angelos, a music producer who was jailed in 2004. Pictured: In this Nov. 15, 2005 file photo, members of Safer Choice stand in protest at a Denver federal courthouse, where the court was hearing an appeal of Angelos' …

Bob Riley, 62, gentle Deadhead serving a life sentence for LSD

Bob Riley, 62, gentle Deadhead serving a life sentence for LSD - The Clemency Report Bob Riley, a kind soul who "treads lightly in this world," is in the 22nd year of a federal life without parole LSD sentence. The details of his unjust sentence are summarized in this New York Times article. This story …

Lock ’Em Up Nation; Mandatory Sentencing for Medical Marijuana

How did the United States, land of the free, become the world’s top jailer? It’s a question asked by visitors from other democracies, and the American citizen who wakes from a stupor to find that our prisons are stuffed with people serving interminable sentences for nonviolent crimes. For the answer, you need look no further …

Right now, five adults await death in prison for non-violent, marijuana-related crimes. Their names are John Knock, Paul Free, Larry Duke, William Dekle, and Charles “Fred” Cundiff.

Marijuana Crimes: Five Senior Citizens Serving Life Without Parole For Pot AlterNet  |  By Kristen Gwynne Posted: 12/26/2012 11:16 am EST Should five non-violent offenders die behind bars for a crime Americans increasingly believe should not even be a crime? December 23, 2012  |   Photo Credit: Farsh/ Shutterstock.com Right now, five adults await death in …