It was 2012, and Ferrell Scott was watching television inside Pennsylvania’s Allenwood federal penitentiary when he learned that the sale of marijuana, something he was given a life sentence for just four years earlier, was becoming legal in two states.
Colorado had approved its recreational use, the inmate learned from the broadcast, and so had Washington.Read More
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In the past few decades, the private prison industry has profited from the over-incarceration and exploitation of people of color.
As those with the power to push for change, it’s time for members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the organizations associated with them to end all affiliations with the for-profit prison industry and immediately stop accepting donations from these entities.Read More
Decisions about sending our men and women in uniform to war are the most solemn that elected representatives make. That is why the Constitution’s framers created a system where Congress and the president work together to determine how U.S. forces are deployed — instead of vesting that power with one person.
But that constitutional system is being strained. Republican and Democratic presidents have stretched Congress’ 2001 authorization of military force to its breaking point.Read More
Through the team’s astonishing post-season run, I wore my lucky Nationals shirt during every game because, well, they played better when I did.
One of the highlights of my childhood came in 1969 when the New York Mets miraculously overcame their historic awfulness and defeated the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in the World Series.Read More