Author Archive | C.J. Ciaramella

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Jeff Sessions and Chuck Grassley Spar Over Sentencing Reform

YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS/NewscomToday the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bipartisan sentencing reform bill over the protests of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would reduce some federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, sparked a testy back-and-forth between Sessions and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). In a letter to the committee yesterday, […]

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Jeff Sessions Says Opioid Addiction Starts With Marijuana. Here Are 6 Studies That Say Otherwise

Attorney General Jeff Sessions thinks marijuana may be a gateway to prescription opioid and heroin addiction. In fact, a number of academic studies show lower rates of opioid abuse and overdoses in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Speaking at a Heritage Foundation event last night in honor of the late Ronald Reagan’s birthday, Sessions […]

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ALEC Urges State to Reform Drug-Free School Zone Laws

Jim Weber/ZUMA Press/NewscomThe American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative, pro-business organization that drafts model bills for state legislatures, passed a resolution Friday urging states to reform their drug-free school zone laws. The conservative group is the latest in a growing bipartisan chorus opposing punitive drug-free school zone laws, which exist in all 50 states […]

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ACLU Sues Pennsylvania For Putting Death Row Inmates in Permanent Solitary Confinement

MARK MAKELA/REUTERS/NewscomFive inmates on Pennsylvania’s death row have spent a cumulative 115 years in solitary confinement—more than 42,000 days with little to no human contact in a cell the size of a parking space. Such extreme and prolonged deprivation violates their constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment, according to a new lawsuit filed today […]

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Alabama Raked in $2.2 Million in Civil Asset Forfeiture in 2015

Shane T. Mccoy/ZUMA Press/NewscomThe day in 2007 that Alabama police raided his stepfather’s house on suspicion of growing marijuana, Robert Bradford remembers the sheriff looking out the window and remarking, “This’ll make a great shooting range for training the police department, this property.” Royce Williams, Bradford’s stepfather, had been growing and using marijuana to manage […]

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