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Mandatory minimums do more harm than good
A female prisoner is returned to solitary confinement. (Photo: Danese Kenon, The Indianapolis Star)
A female prisoner is returned to solitary confinement. (Photo: Danese Kenon, The Indianapolis Star)

Barbra Scrivner shares her story about serving nearly 20 years of a 30-year sentence after being convicted in a drug distribution ring. She tells us why bipartisan support is growing to reform mandatory minimum sentencing, and why holding non-violent drug offenders in prison for decades is counterproductive. Read her piece.

“I may have deserved to go to prison but certainly not for 30 years.”

Barbra Scrivner

Traffic stop nearly costs a life
An African-American man shares his experience of being pulled over by Denver police in 2009 when he was 19. Alex Landau, who grew up in a middle-class family with his adoptive white parents, explains what happened that night after he was accused of making an illegal left turn to his mother, Patsy Hathaway, in a piece recorded by StoryCorps.

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