Bob Riley, 62, gentle Deadhead serving a life sentence for LSD

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Bob Riley, a wandering-wondering Deadhead, enjoying a sunny day in New York’s Central Park, in 1990, after several Grateful Dead shows.

Update: Sentence not commuted. Bob Riley, a kind soul who “treads lightly in this world,” is in the 22nd year of a federal life without parole LSD sentence.  The details of his unjust sentence are summarized in this New York Times article.

This story is about Bob, the human being. It was written with Bob’s help, to reflect his unique voice. read more…

“Can I go home now?” Sharanda Jones, serving a life sentence for drugs, asks the right question

Crack lifer Sharanda Jones, 47, wrote this beautiful article for The Guardian, a British newspaper. 

By Sharanda Jones

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Sharanda and daughter Clenesha

When I was asked to write my bio for this story, I wrote, “Sharanda Jones is a loving, caring mother with a open heart and mind.”

When I was asked to write the story itself, I wrote, “I am a first time non-violent offender serving a life sentence for one count of conspiracy.”

Story here on who got clemency from Obama There is no reduction, no good behavior, that will ever reduce my sentence and allow me to return to society. I know that, unless President Obama (or one of his successors) commutes my sentence, I will die in prison. A life sentence in the federal system is just a very slow death.

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An angel tastes freedom

  Our star of the day is a gentle woman, a mom who’s been in prison for meth since 1997. She will remain there for another decade — until she’s 59 — unless granted clemency. Let’s call her Angel. Angel recently tasted freedom. She... read more

What a man saw in prison today…

Luis Anthony Rivera. Ever heard of him? Of course not. Luis is an invisible human rights abuse victim, among the tens of thousands of people serving immorally long drug sentences that disgrace our nation. Luis, 57, is nearing the 30th anniversary of a life without... read more

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu


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Federal drug sentence lengths fall sharply from 2006 peak

Short sentences on the rise. Federal judges handed out 78% fewer ultra-long sentences for non-violent drug offenses in 2014 than at the peak eight years ago. The number of drug defendants sent to prison for 12 years of more fell to 2,414 in 2014, down from 4,303 in... read more

Crack Lifer Project: A quest for justice

By Veda Ajamu President and Founder, Crack Lifer Project “Never, never, never give up” — Winston Churchill I will never, never, never give up on fighting for freedom and justice for my brother, Robert Shipp, as he is serving a dreadful inhumane life... read more

Attack against Deadheads was no hallucination

I wrote this story 22 years ago. It seems profoundly relevant, even today. — Dennis Cauchon, editor, The Clemency Report Attack on Deadheads is no hallucination Band’s followers handed stiff LSD sentences   By DENNIS CAUCHON USA TODAY October 17, 1992... read more

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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No. 1 Robert Shipp — life without parole for selling crack at age 20

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