Stories by Anthony Papa

Anthony Papa is the manager of media and artists relations for the Drug Policy Alliance. He is the author of This Side of Freedom: Life After Clemency. subscribe to Anthony Papa's feed

Posted on: Jun 14, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Using mandatory minimum sentencing was a proven failed policy that became a poison to the criminal justice system

Posted on: May 18, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Under Jeff Session's watch, horrific sentences will only increase.

Posted on: May 17, 2017, Source: AlterNet

A racist cartoon featuring Hart was also published in the Manila Times.

Posted on: May 12, 2017, Source: AlterNet

After years of progress, our Attorney General is trying to drag us back to the 1980s.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2017, Source: AlterNet

It shows that people in prison can successfully re-enter society without negative results.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2016, Source: The Influence

An amazing event is taking place in New York City.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2016, Source: AlterNet

"I felt the pain of felony disenfranchisement since it seemed I was being further punished for my crime."

Posted on: Aug 5, 2016, Source: AlterNet

This week President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 people incarcerated in federal prison, almost all for drug offenses.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet

He's clearly "out of his mind".

Posted on: Jun 2, 2016, Source: The Influence

"I bit my lip and tried to calm myself down. I knew back in prison a simple bump could lead to a brutal confrontation."

Posted on: May 11, 2016, Source: AlterNet

A father tries to rebuild his relationship with his daughter after incarceration.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The governor of Oklahoma finally sees the light.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet

I discovered that when a prisoner’s cell door was shut, they did not leave behind the hard time they served.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Millions of individuals have been sent to prison under the incarceration boom of the 1980's and 90s that was largely the result of draconian drug sentencing laws.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to retroactively apply drug sentencing reductions.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Governor Cuomo hopes educating prisoners will keep them from cyclically ending up back behind bars.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

An estimated 5.8 million Americans have felt the sting of felony disfranchisement laws.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Holidays are the time for clemency.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Prosecutors use mandatory minimum sentencing as a prosecutorial tool to get people to plead guilty without a fair trial.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Presidential turkey pardons should extend to drug war prisoners, now numbering over 100,000 people.