Some of our favorite articles...

1. The Power of Clemency - NY Times

"It is not easy to lift up some of the most excoriated people in the country, prisoners." Jason Hernandez shares how President Obama's use of clemency to address the injustice brought on by drug-war practices gave him and others a second chance at life.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for selling crack cocaine. He received his sentence before The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was enacted and brought the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine down to 18 to 1.

2. After a Murder, a Second Chance - NY Times Opinion

“We call it the correction system,”[Governor] Cuomo said. “I think the situation is corrected as it is ever going to be, unless you can bring a person back to life.”

"Mr. Cuomo’s grants also point to an uncomfortable truth about criminal justice reform efforts: The issue of violent crime is too often left out of the debate."

3. Picking ‘Three-Strikers’ to Free Poses Complex Challenge - LA Times

"Wallace's case, like many of the others confronting Ryan, offers an inside look into the usually hidden world of prison discipline and how the state's correctional system treats mentally ill inmates."

"The judge wrote that he found Wallace's discipline record "troubling at first blush" but attributed much of it to inadequate mental-health treatment behind bars and Wallace's fear of others in prison because of his small stature."

""He's certainly served his punishment," Romano said. "He tried to steal a car radio. Should he be punished? Absolutely. But a life term … is fundamentally unfair.""