2014: Obama May Grant Clemency to Thousands Convicted of Drug Violations

The Obama Administration continues to roll back oppressive sentences for those with non-violent drug convictions An unnamed White House official has told Yahoo! News that President Barack Obama is preparing to grant clemency to “hundreds, perhaps thousands” of people who have been imprisoned for non-violent drug violations. This news comes a few months after the administration’s announcement that it has encouraged defense attorneys to suggest inmates who should be considered for early release from prison. This indicates that the Obama administration will continue in its efforts to curtail severe penalties in low-level drug cases. Late last year, President Obama commuted the sentences of nine people serving time in federal prison for non-violent offenses involving crack cocaine, saying that they had been sentenced under an “unfair system.” There is a huge disparity in sentences handed down between crack and powder cocaine offenses. This has been reduced somewhat by the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which brought a long-sought reduction in the penalties for crack […] Read More

2014: Crime in Denver Decreases After Pot Legalization

The city released its latest crime stats this week. The following article fist appeared in The 420 Times.  It’s been more than three solid months since the first legal recreational sales of marijuana began in Colorado. The end of the world didn’t come. Anarchy did not ensue. And long-haired rapists have yet to roam the streets of the Denver, the state’s largest city. Despite predictions of dire outcomes, usually from law enforcement types and folks on the right side of the political spectrum, some key crimes in the Mile High City actually declined compared to the same time last year. The city of Denver released its latest crime stats this week. Among them, a two-thirds reduction in homicides from January 1 through the end of February versus that same time frame in 2013. There was a 12.5 percent reduction in sexual assaults, a 7.2 percent decline in robberies, and a whopping […] Read More