A new Brennan Center policy proposal suggests the president should make broad reforms to federal grants across the country that fund state and local law enforcement to help prevent problems like the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Mo.
Following the Obama administration’s vow to use strong executive action in the face of a paralyzed Congress, this proposal outlines 15 steps the administration can take to strengthen democracy, secure justice, and further the rule of law.
A new U.S. Sentencing Commission guideline will reduce sentences for most federal drug offenders by an average of 11 months and help federal judges and prosecutors determine fair and consistent sentences for offenders.
Nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting because of a criminal conviction in their past. Attorney General Eric Holder's call to restore voting rights to these citizens is a significant step forward for democracy.
Today, President Barack H. Obama granted clemency to 21 federal prisoners, including 8 commutations for inmates convicted of crack cocaine-related drug offenses. This is the first retroactive relief for individuals convicted of drug offenses since Attorney General Eric Holder’s August announcement of a directive to curb use of mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders.