Originally published 09/25/2013
Proposed reforms, such as making public all opinions on important legal issues and creating a civil liberties advocate, would help.
Originally published 06/28/2014
Liberty and Power
There is supposed to be bipartisan support for amending the federal criminal code so that tens of thousands of non-violent criminals do not rot in prison at taxpayers' expense. Among the "criminals" often mentioned are those convicted of possessing or selling marijuana, which is widely viewed as less harmful than legal substances such as alcohol or tobacco. Is the Obama administration sincere in its stated intention to ease draconian drug sentences? Or is the rhetoric just that?
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