Friday marks the 40th anniversary of one of the biggest, most expensive, most destructive social policy experiments in American history: The war on drugs.
Making sense of the Armed Career Criminal Act’s “residual clause” has become an almost annual rite for the Supreme Court. Sykes v. United States, decided last week, is the court’s fourth attempt in five years. The continuing confusion is obvious in the sharp, separate dissents from Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan.
Deprived revenue: Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron estimated in 2008 that legalizing drugs could save federal, state and local governments $44 billion per year, while taxing drugs could yield an added $33 billion.
As California deeply cut spending for public schools, social services and health programs in recent years, state leaders also found themselves grappling with a court order to reduce the prison population by tens of thousands of inmates.
Whether it’s a greeting card, phone call, or gift of a new gadget, Father’s Day gives us a chance to express our thanks to our fathers. This week I am particularly thankful for the blessing my children are to me — not because of the thoughtful note or the hedge trimmer, but because I am able to spend time with them and be involved in their lives.
For Patrick Gleason, starring in a film about a professional wrestler who finds unlikely redemption at the end of his career was not just a new experience but a metaphor for his own life story.
It’s no secret that every state government is facing difficult budget decisions, and Kansas is no exception. One part of the budget that is expanding faster than nearly all others is the cost of prisons.
The Ohio House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve the Senate amendments to House Bill 86, a comprehensive set of reforms that strive to overhaul Ohio’s criminal sentencing laws.
Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday signed a sentencing reform bill that will allow some felons to skip prison and others to get out early.
Thousands of prisoners convicted of crimes related to crack cocaine could get shorter sentences under a revised policy enacted Thursday by the federal agency that helps to set punishment policy.