Posted inCriminal Justice

Maryland Governor’s Marijuana Pardons a Win for Justice, But Is It Enough?

Stephanie Shepard has had unsettling feelings in the pit of her stomach ever since she was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana. She couldn't believe that a drug sentence’s mandatory minimum carried more weight than a homicide-related offense. Before Shepard was transferred from New York to a […]

Posted inCourts

Former Prosecutor Avoids Prison, But How Did She Get Here?

A federal court judge spared Marilyn Mosby from spending a minute behind bars for mortgage fraud and perjury. Throughout the nearly six-hour hearing inside a Greenbelt, Maryland, courthouse were three rooms reserved for the former Baltimore City state’s attorney’s supporters who traveled from across the country. Statements were read by nearly a dozen people, including […]

Posted inPolitics & Policy, Social Welfare

One Mistake Led to a Lifetime Ban of SNAP Benefits. This Reform Rollback Can End It.

It’s been three years since Yasmeen Covington spent the night of her 29th birthday wearing a pair of handcuffs. It was her first and last brush with the criminal justice system, but she’s still paying for it. Shortly after her criminal case ended in 2021, Covington’s parents campaigned for her to leave the Bronx in […]

Posted inMental Health, Policing

So Many Are Searching for This Missing Black Woman — But Not Chicago Police

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