Posts Tagged ‘prison

18
Sep
16

673 And Counting. Thanks, President Obama

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Carrie Johnson: Obama Grants Clemency To 111 Prisoners; DOJ ‘Confident’ It Will Clear Backlog

President Obama shortened the prison sentences of 111 inmates Tuesday, including 35 people who had expected to spend the rest of their lives in federal custody, authorities told NPR. Word of the new batch of clemency grants came as the second in command at the Justice Department told NPR that lawyers there have worked through an enormous backlog of drug cases and, despite doubts from prisoner advocates, they will be able to consider each of the thousands of applications from drug criminals before Obama leaves office in 2017.

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“At our current pace, we are confident that we will be able to review and make a recommendation to the president on every single drug petition we currently have,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates said. The early releases apply to mostly nonviolent drug offenders who would have received lighter punishments if they committed the same crimes today. The new commutations mean this White House has granted 673 commutations, more than the past 10 presidents combined. Tuesday’s grants follow 214 more earlier this month.

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18
Aug
16

Chat Away

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May
16

‘A Nation Of Second Chances’

11
Jan
16

President Obama: Changing All Lives For The Better

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Alan Pyke: Why The Obama Administration Wants To Pay For Prisoners To Go To School

“My professor, Miss Jamie Mullaney, she cried the last day of class. And it made me cry,” Terrell Johnson said, sitting across from Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch at Maryland Correctional Institute-Jessup on Friday morning. “I’m in a place where it’s not good to cry,” said Johnson, who’s in the middle of a prison sentence for selling drugs. “But I didn’t care. I felt like this lady genuinely cares if I get this education. That made me wanna try even harder, because I don’t want to let her down.” Mullaney, the head of Goucher College’s sociology department, wasn’t there to hear Johnson recount how his coursework in the Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) has changed him.

The Goucher program these men participate in is funded entirely through money the school has raised itself. No state or federal education dollars provide GPEP books, teachers, tutors, and work materials. The program’s costs — about $5,000 per student per year, a sliver of what it costs to incarcerate an adult for 12 months at Jessup — have come entirely from private sources who believe in what professors like Mullaney and renowned historian Jean Harvey Baker and their 70 uniformed, caged students are doing here and at a neighboring women’s facility. But under the pilot program Lynch and Duncan unveiled Friday, partnerships like GPEP will be able to apply for Pell Grant funding. “The cost-benefit of this doesn’t take a math genius to figure out,” Duncan said. “We lock folks up here, $35,000, $40,000 every single year. A Pell Grant is less than $6,000 each year.”

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22
Oct
15

A Tweet Or Two

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President Barack Obama vetoes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The president vetoed the sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill, citing objections over how the measure is funded

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A truly amazing picture

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06
Oct
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Good. Disgusting racist scumbags

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Any wonder why you have dumb racists wandering around?

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In other news, water is wet

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One more reason why nobody should shed tears when proposals are made to tax jerks like these their fair share

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Voter suppression all around us

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29
Sep
15

President Obama And Vice: Fixing The System

27
Sep
15

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HEADS UP: IT AIRS TONIGHT ON HBO AT 9PM EST

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Jeb Bush, the white guy who grew up in a privileged home is telling Black people all we want is free stuff. Tell us more about how that works out for you, dumbass

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Awesome

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Your pettiness is showing, Demi Lovato and it’s not nice

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Disgusting and dangerous lies from Fiorina

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Yeah, Mr. White, Yeah, SCIENCE!

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*SNORT*

22
Sep
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Go get registered and bring others with you

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Don’t come for Viola if she didn’t send for you

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 Scumbag

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08
Sep
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Bravo

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Food For Thought

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A man who has spent years accomplishing nothing in the Senate has the nerve to lie about President Obama. Privilege is a hell of a drug

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