Federal Agency Approves Early Release Of Some 46,000 Drug Prisoners

Source: NICOLE FLATOW/ThinkProgress.Org A federal agency unanimously approved a proposal Friday could see some 46,000 inmates with drug convictions released from prison early. The change makes retroactive an amendment passed by the U.S. Sentencing Commission earlier this year to reduce overly draconian drug sentences — a move that the Commission’s chair, Judge Patti B. Saris, called a modest but important step toward fixing the “urgent” …

Study: Little Progress for African-American Men on Racial Equality Since 1970

Source: Justin Worland/Time Magazine Rates of incarceration and unemployment remain high In recent years, the U.S. has celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act and a number of other landmark accomplishments considered pivotal in making the U.S. a better place for African Americans. But despite a deep reverence for those accomplishments, a new study suggests that African-American …

Former U.S. Rep J.C. Watts: Oklahoma Must Think Outside the Cell

Source: Gene Perry/OkPolicy As Oklahoma considers reopening prisons to accommodate a burgeoning inmate population, the time is ripe for state leaders to apply their principles of limited government and personal responsibility to criminal justice reform. The Sooner state has the nation’s fourth-highest per capita incarceration rate and the highest female incarceration rate. State taxpayers pay dearly for this. If Oklahoma …