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Published: Sat, 27 May 2017 16:57:28 -0700

Last Build Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 08:10:01 GMT

 



US: Sessions Toughens Policy For Drug Cases

Sat, 13 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Wall Street Journal, 13 May 2017 - In a move expected to swell federal prisons, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scuttling an Obama administration policy to avoid charging nonviolent, less-serious drug offenders with long, mandatory-minimum sentences. Mr. Sessions's new guidelines revive a policy created under President George W. Bush that tasked federal prosecutors with charging "the most serious readily provable offense."



US NC: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California Healthcare

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Charlotte Observer, 19 Jan 2017 - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective. In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.



US TX: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California Healthcare

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 19 Jan 2017 - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective. In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.



US SC: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California Healthcare

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The State, 19 Jan 2017 - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective. In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.



US MD: Bid To Alter Drug Laws And Allow Some Early Prison Releases

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 18 Jan 2017 - [photo] A cell at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma. President Obama toured the prison last week. (Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty Images) A bipartisan push to reduce the number of low-level drug offenders in prison is gaining momentum in Congress, but proposals may disappoint advocates hoping to slash the mandatory minimum sentences that are seen as chiefly responsible for overcrowding in the nation's detention facilities.



US NY: Pot Grower Serving 20 Years Seeks Clemency From Obama

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Buffalo News, 15 Jan 2017 - Joseph Tigano III is spending 20 years in prison for growing marijuana. He grew a lot of it. No one disputes that. And this was his second felony conviction. So no one, not even Tigano's lawyers, suggests the Cattaraugus County man should go unpunished.



US IL: Medical Marijuana's Big Business Lures Ex-law Enforcers In

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Chicago Tribune, 28 Dec 2016 - With fewer than 4,000 approved patients, the nascent medical marijuana business in Illinois is off to a slow start. Yet it hasn't kept away a cadre of cannabis entrepreneurs who once relied on guns, badges, tough drug laws and lengthy prison sentences to fight the drug. While neither state regulators nor the medical marijuana industry track the number of employees who were former law enforcement officials, The Associated Press has identified no fewer than 17 in Illinois, many of whom have outsized influence -- from a trustee of the state's chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police to one-time undercover narcotics officers.



US PA: Past Approach To Crack Addicts Harsher Than Today's Heroin

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

The Reporter, 12 Dec 2016 - Officials, former inmate contrast the emphasis on treatment vs. incarceration When Leola Bivins was first sent away for dealing drugs, she was a 22-year-old high school dropout with a 2-year-old daughter at home.



US DC: Forced Out Of A Home Over A Marijuana Joint

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 29 Aug 2016 - D.C. Tenants Face Eviction As 'Drug Nuisances' Even When No One Is Charged With a Crime For eight years, Rajuawn Middleton, an assistant at a major downtown law firm, lived in a four-bedroom red-brick home she rented on a quiet tree-lined street in Northeast Washington - until she was forced out over a few cigarettes containing a "green leafy substance."