By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Jerry Alan Bailey was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. Shauna Barry-Scott was sentenced to 20 years for having cocaine in her possession and intending to distribute it. Jerome Wayne Johnson grew marijuana plants and was charged with intending to […]
By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–As cash-strapped state and local governments shift resources from incarceration to treatment for individuals convicted of low-level drug crimes, for-profit prison companies are following the money and potentially “undermining efforts to treat and rehabilitate prisoners,” according to a new report. The report published by the American Friends […]
By Terry Shropshire Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Defender This is a question of: does the punishment fit the crime? A suburban Atlanta man was convicted for stealing a boy’s iPod and was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Cobb County district attorney said. According to the AJC, Shareef Tawwab Hakim, […]
By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Do you know what little respect black and Hispanic citizens of New York City have for following the rules that make living in the city bearable– or not “loitering,” or riding their bicycles on the sidewalk, or spitting on the street, or walking through parks after dark, or–my particular […]
By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In a major move recently, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to moderate federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses, and apply the guidelines retroactively. Consequently, more than 46,000 currently incarcerated drug offenders—73 percent of whom are black or Latino—will now be eligible for a reduction in their sentences. […]
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.