Tag: sentencing

Justice?!? Metro Atlanta man gets 20 years for stealing iPod

Justice?!? Metro Atlanta man gets 20 years for stealing iPod

| November 2, 2014

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, […]

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America’s criminal justice problem

America’s criminal justice problem

| September 23, 2014

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 […]

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Drug offenders receive retroactive sentence reductions

| August 3, 2014

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. […]

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War on drugs lost; time to change strategy

War on drugs lost; time to change strategy

| October 4, 2013

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.

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