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Louisiana Moves to Punish Heroin Users With Prison Time

By Shawn Dwyer

The Louisiana House Criminal Justice Committee pushed forward a bill that would sentence heroin users to two years in prison while doubling time for dealers. MORE  

Justice Department to Reduce Federal Drug Sentences

By Paul Gaita

Eric Holder seeks to reform the criminal justice system by focusing on national security and financial crimes while reducing the overburdened prisoner population. MORE  

Forced to Plead Guilty

By Allison McCabe

In a climate of harsh mandatory minimums and overzealous prosecutors, is it surprising that nearly all drug defendants choose to plead guilty? MORE  

FAMM Fights for a Fairer Deal for Drug Offenders

By Seth Ferranti

Drug prisoners tell The Fix what Families Against Mandatory Minimums means to them. MORE  

How Prison Helped Get Me Sober

By Seth Ferranti

I was a privileged kid from Virginia when a single joint pointed me down a path of drug dealing, addiction and a 25-year stretch behind bars. It was in federal prison, of all places, where I finally found sobriety. MORE  

The Ugly Truth of Mandatory Drug Sentencing

By Seth Ferranti

Clarence Aaron is serving three life terms for a small-time college cocaine deal, another victim of heinous mandatory drug sentencing laws. If he's waiting for Obama—or anyone else—for help, he'll be waiting a long time. MORE  

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