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'Let me not die here': For drug war prisoners like Nancy, time is running out to get clemency from Obama

Editor’s note: President Obama has extended clemency to an unparalleled number of people convicted of nonviolent drug-law violations—a program unlikely to be prioritized by President-elect Trump.  The Influence and AlterNet have partnered on a series profiling people impacted by the program, as time runs out for inmates hoping to get their sentences commuted.

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Woman whose drug sentence was commuted by Obama is still in jail thanks to a Florida prosecutor

Editor’s note: President Obama has extended clemency to an unparalleled number of people convicted of nonviolent drug-law violations—a program unlikely to be prioritized by either a President Clinton or a President Trump. AlterNet andThe Influence have partnered on a series profiling people impacted by the program, as time runs out for inmates hoping to get their sentences commuted.

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This GOP congressman wants to 'protect lives' by executing people for dealing drugs

A GOP Congressman wants to “ensure lives are protected”—by expanding the death penalty.

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Say goodbye to Angela Corey: 'Cruelest prosecutor in America' gets defeated by primary challenger

Angela Corey, the Jacksonville, Florida state attorney who notoriously pursued a 20-year sentence for Marissa Alexander for firing a warning shot in self-defense, was defeated in her primary for re-election last night.

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Why is the incarceration rate for American women rising so fast?

In the past decade, there’s been a growing awareness of mass incarceration and the damage it’s wreaked, above all on poor communities of color. This has sparked much-needed bipartisan efforts—albeit too little, too late—to lower America’s incarcerated population.

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Texas cops brag about jailing adults for consensual sex -- and smear them on Facebook

Texas law enforcement officers have heroically “saved” dozens of “sex trafficking victims” by putting them in jail and plastering their mugshots on Facebook.

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'Support the NRA with every sip!' -- Welcome to the NRA's wine club

As a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), there are many ways to fulfill your patriotic duty and defend American freedoms: Short-circuit the democratic process by buying off the entire GOP establishment; threaten to shoot elected lawmakers; or sit on your ass and guzzle expensive wines delivered to you from “hidden, tucked-away vineyards.”

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The six most idiotic things in the DEA's traveling drug exhibit

The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum—yes, there’s a museum celebrating the proud history of the War on Drugs—is taking a new exhibit on the road.

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This 27-year-old is going to prison for life because his fiancée OD'd

At every level of the criminal justice system, from patrol cops to judges, there’s an increased push for a more humane approach to drug use—treating addiction where it exists instead of shoveling drug users into America’s overcrowded jails and prisons.

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Georgia Republican caught driving drunk loves forcing drug tests on poor people

On April 7, Georgia Rep. Tom Taylor was caught careening through a 45-mile-an-hour zone at 72 mph. In the car were four underaged exchange students, a water bottle that smelled like booze, and a gun: quite the party for 2:46 in the afternoon.

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Meet the Indiana prosecutor who proudly brags about 'overcrowding our prisons'

An Indiana prosecutor is taking exception to the increasingly bipartisan efforts to reform America’s brutal criminal justice system—actually boasting that he’s “proudly overcrowding our prisons,” in a campaign ad obtained by Reason. 

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Meet the Indiana prosecutor who brags about 'proudly overcrowding our prisons'

An Indiana prosecutor is taking exception to the increasingly bipartisan efforts to reform America’s brutal criminal justice system—actually boasting that he’s “proudly overcrowding our prisons,” in a campaign ad obtained by Reason. 

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WATCH: Bernie Sanders calls for mandatory investigations of any deaths in police custody

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Why John Kasich dragging kids on stage for a ’Just Say No' message doesn't work

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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