Mandatory minimums do more harm than good
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.”
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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