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: Nov 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Terrence Stevens knows firsthand the injustices of the criminal justice system when it comes to African Americans and their children.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013, Source: Drug Policy Alliance

His son Cameron is currently serving nine and a half years of hard time for a nonviolent drug conviction.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2013, Source: Drug Policy Alliance

I was a first time non-violent offender who delivered four ounces of cocaine for the sum of five hundred dollars, but mandatory minimums forced the judge in my case to impose a life sentence.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The son of actor Michael Douglas spoke from behind bars to condemn the way our criminal justice system treats drug addicts like him.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

This story is not about cunnilingus.

Posted on: May 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

New York's draconian sentencing laws, which became the template for the country, have been reformed somewhat. But they still have a long way to go.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Like many other incarcerated addicts, Cameron Douglas relapsed while locked up. But more jail time will not help him get clean.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

My wife held her face in her hands, tears streaming down her cheeks: the vision would haunt me for years to come.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A chiropractor is helping patients with acute, chronic and even treatment-resistant pain.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

If you are on probation, your right to vote is never taken away.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2011, Source: AlterNet

It's well established that incarcerating people who use drugs does far more harm than good.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A former drug war prisoner explains how clemency set him free, and why he has made it his mission to help other prisoners find freedom.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Testing errors at one crime lab led to 3,000 drug convictions in need of review and point to chronic failures in the criminal justice system.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Beal, a founder of the Yippees and organizer of the Global Marijuana March, was busted for weed and had a heart attack on his way to prison. Then, a judge voided his sentence.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

After slapping additional time on Douglas' sentence, a clueless judge said he did not know drugs were available in prison. The author's own experience behind bars reveals reality.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

This week, Michael Douglas's incarcerated son Cameron testified at his alleged drug supplier's criminal trial. But does he even deserve to be behind bars?

Posted on: Sep 16, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Bruce Reilly's struggles demonstrate how hard it is to re-enter society as a productive citizen

Posted on: Sep 8, 2011, Source: AlterNet

As we remember the unjust conditions that spurred the Attica uprising, we must focus on the alarming rate of incarceration in the US, highest in the world.

Posted on: Aug 15, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Yarbrough's story is exhibit A for the case to rethink life-without-parole laws across the country.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2011, Source: AlterNet

New documentary is a stark and honest portrayal of the global war on drugs and its failure to resolve the many issues that derive from prohibition.