by Ian Millhiser Posted on October 28, 2014 Updated: October 28, 2014
If this panel of judges agrees that imprisonment is not the correct punishment for marijuana offenders, it is likely that many other judges hold the same view.
by Nicole Flatow Posted on July 24, 2014
One of the few bipartisan issues in Washington just got a little more bipartisan.
by Christie Thompson Posted on April 28, 2014
A proposal to shrink the state's expansive drug-free zones "just kind of died a little, lonely, pitiful death."
by Andrew Breiner Posted on January 9, 2014
In California's court system, black men are significantly less likely than white men to be offered treatment instead of prison time
by Nicole Flatow Posted on December 23, 2013 Updated: February 7, 2014
A man whose testimony was beaten out of him and a blogger who spoke his mind sat in jail this year. Several others who killed acquaintances with a gun will not.
by Nicole Flatow Posted on December 19, 2013 Updated: January 10, 2014
"If they had been sentenced under the current law, many of them would have already served their time and paid their debt to society," Obama said.
by Judd Legum & Nicole Flatow Posted on December 12, 2013 Updated: February 7, 2014
Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years probation, in a deviation from other recent sentences for similar crimes with a lower death toll.
by Nicole Flatow Posted on December 5, 2013
The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to a trial. But that right is particularly illusory for many drug defendants who face the threat of life behind bars, a new report finds.
by Rebecca Leber Posted on November 15, 2013
The rapist's lawyer says the sentence will alter his lifestyle: No beer or lottery tickets.
by Nicole Flatow Posted on November 6, 2013 Updated: November 26, 2013
Prison overcrowding is projected to get even worse in the coming years. The one single fix that could stem the trend is reform to mandatory minimum sentences, a new study finds.