July 20, 2018 -
President Trump recently commuted the federal prison sentence of Alice Marie Johnson of Tennessee, who was serving life without parole for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. The move came after a decade of effort by criminal justice reform advocates, who now see hope for more systemic change in a bill that's been introduced in Congress by a key GOP leader.
June 20, 2015 -
It's probably no coincidence that the Charleston church shootings came in the midst of a burgeoning movement for black freedom, as there's always violent backlash when black people rise up. The tragedy is a clear reminder that the struggle against institutional racism must continue with fierce urgency.
November 6, 2012 -
Tayna Fogle of Kentucky lost her right to vote when she was convicted of a drug offense. But she turned her life around and now works as a grassroots organizer helping other ex-felons regain their voting rights, now permanently denied by 11 states.
October 17, 2012 -
As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in the second presidential debate last night, New America Media editors posed 10 questions that have largely gone unasked -- and unanswered -- in their campaigns.
July 12, 2012 -
Before its purchase by Wells Fargo, North Carolina-based Wachovia laundered over $378 billion for illegal drug organizations -- and paid just $160 million in fines. It's part of a broader and disturbing trend in the U.S. banking industry.
December 13, 2007 -
The Supreme Court's 7-0 decision yesterday to reduce extraordinarily harsh sentences for crimes related to crack cocaine is drawing widespread applause from advocates who have long noted the lack of fairness in drug sentencing.