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Volume: 26, Number: 4
Is the Drug War Ending or Retrenching?
Excerpted from the Editor's Notes: This Issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter is focused around a set of primary materials and related commentary that generally address the size and scope of our national prison populations, but also places a special spotlight on the on-going review and reform of laws, policies, and practices that lead to the imprisonment of drug offenders. Recent Issues of FSR have highlighted the robust current discussions among leading Democrats and Republicans concerning the need for significant reform of modern federal sentencing. The materials in this Issue focus especially on how the broader reform debate is
finding particular expression in the arena of federal drug sentencing laws and policies.
All observers of recent legal and political developments in this arena are sure to conclude that the long-running “war on drugs” has entered a new phase in recent years. As suggested by the title of this Issue, Is the Drug War Ending or Retrenching?, these developments raise dynamic and uncertain questions about the likely future of federal drug sentencing law and policy. While some may be eager to view recent developments as a signal that the war on drugs is finally coming to an end, others might believe (or even hope/fear) that they reflect a persistent fighting force deciding it can be more effective if it retrenches and regroups. This Issue of FSR seeks to provide a battlefront perspective on these matters while the future of the drug war remains so very uncertain.
Reflecting on the Latest Drug War Fronts
Douglas A. Berman, Editor, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Robert J. Watkins/Procter and Gamble Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Other articles in this issue
(available through University of California Press)
Remarks by Deputy Attorney General James Cole at the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting
Deputy Attorney General James Cole, Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
NAAUSA Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
Robert Gay Guthrie, President, National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys
Remarks on Criminal Justice Reform at Georgetown University Law Center
Attorney General Eric Holder, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Chair Patti Saris’s Remarks at USSC Public Meeting
Chief Judge Patti B. Saris, Chief Judge, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
A Perspective on the Proposed Amendments to the Drug Distribution Guideline
Kevin Bennardo, Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, LSU Law Center
Escaping from the Standard Story: Why the Conventional Wisdom on Prison Growth is Wrong, and Where We Can Go from Here
John F. Pfaff, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
An Offer You Can’t Refuse: How U.S. Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty
Jamie Fellner, Senior Advisor, US Programs, Human Rights Watch