Hopefully, the president’s pardons came because crack cocaine sentencing policies are racist and protect the rich while further disenfranchising the most vulnerable.
Tag: prison reform
We must place the drug problem high on the list of a “wrong approach” to an issue that so many people are aware of what the “right approach” should be. This is an urgent issue because it has destroyed several generations and it is on the path of destroying future ones.
By Lee A. Daniels—No matter how much some commentators try to spin the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman as an example that the legal system worked properly, the freeing of Trayvon Martin’s killer actually underscores multiple bitter truths. One is that for black Americans, “the law” has more often been predator than protector.
Anti-death penalty activists from Houston and Dallas piled onto buses recently in route to Huntsville to protest the execution of Kimberly McCarthy. McCarthy became the 500th death row inmate executed in Texas since the state reintroduced the death penalty in 1982. McCarthy, 52, was executed for the murder of Dorothy Booth; a 71-year-old retired college psychology professor in 1997. McCarthy was a 36-year old cocaine addict who lived near Booth.
Professor andré douglas pond cummings presents “Peace, Liberty and Justice for All?: America’s War on Drugs and the Prison Industrial Complex” at Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fort Wayne on June 30.
Professor andré douglas pond cummings discusses perversity of Prison Industrial Complex—There’s a reason for the hugely disparate incarceration rates between Americans of European descent and Americans of African and Latin descent when it comes to drug crimes.
At 11 a.m., June 30, the Unitarian Universalist Church is scheduled to present Professor andré douglas pond cummings, professor of law and associate dean at the Indiana Tech Law School, offering reflections on the war on drugs, the increase of the prison population and the interest of the for-profit companies building and managing prisons. The title of his presentation is “Peace, Liberty and Justice for All?: America’s War on Drugs and the Prison Industrial Complex.”
By Congressman John Lewis and Bryan Stevenson—After serving 42 years in an Arizona prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a 58-year-old man was finally released this April. When Louis Taylor was just 16, he ventured out of his comfort zone to try a happy hour advertised by an upscale Tucson hotel, a typical foray for an adventurous teenage boy. Unfortunately, that night a fire broke out that ultimately claimed 29 lives. In that moment, Taylor stopped being typical and became extraordinary.