Support the Delaware ACLU – and the ACLU in YOUR Area! – kra

Posted by on Nov 9, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues, Prison Abuse, Take Action Now!, War on Drugs | 0 comments

All of these are good ideas, and badly needed to curb injustice.   Just Announced: 2020 Legislative Priorities for the Coalition for Smart Justice We made historic progress in criminal justice reform this year. From expanding access to second chances to reforming the drug code and more, there’s a lot to be proud of! But our work isn’t done yet. You helped us get this far, so we wanted you to be the first to know about our...

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Oklahoma Set to Release 462 Inmates Monday in Largest-Ever Single-Day U.S. Mass Commutation – Grrrrrreat! – kra

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues, War on Drugs |

ALL states should be doing this, for it will greatly reduce prison costs, and make us safer!  Voters approved a state question in 2016 that made simple drug possession and low-level property crimes misdemeanors instead of felonies. Stitt signed a bill earlier this year that applied those sentences retroactively. And there need not be a public vote! The Governor’s office can take the initiative and make it happen! Excerpts from the...

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Convincing Pennsylvania prison lifers to apply for clemency is Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s toughest campaign yet

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues, Prison Abuse |

Sure it’s tough, because for decades inmates have been misinformed, misled, left clueless, and denied. I specialize in this area, and this is no surprise to me.  Prison “law libraries” have no clue how to apply properly.  NONE.  To this day, when I do an Application for an inmate I must caution them to expect other inmates to say “that will never work”, and similar comments, because it seldom does work when they do...

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How the Dutch Are Closing Their Prisons – The number of prisoners in the country has halved in a decade and experts say alternative sentencing programs can further decrease the number.

Posted by on Sep 7, 2019 in Featured, Mental Illness, Other Issues, Prison Abuse, Take Action Now!, War on Drugs |

I have been expecting this for months.  The Europeans are way ahead of us with “what works” in prisons! While we still warehouse and abuse prisoners, Holland, Norway and Denmark make them – most of them – productive citizens. Read this and see how.  We have known this for years (see other articles on this website), but because powerful forces oppose change – prison guard unions, private prisons, police unions,...

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California Supreme: “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” Standard for Second Strike

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Featured, Other Issues |

Ken’s Comments:   California led the charge with ” habitual offender” “tough on crime” sentences in the early 1919 s. What law student could forget reading about a guy sentenced to a minimum of 25 years for stealing a candy bar?! We now know that these draconian measures do not reduce crime; they just ruin lives, cost society huge social costs, and cost taxpayers [YOU], a fortune. While their law still are out...

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