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President Obama talks to Hip Hop Artist about Opioid Addiction in America


By Mary C. Piemonte

U.S. President Barack Obama discussed  the opioid addiction epidemic in America with Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Macklemore  during his weekly address on May 14, 2016.

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President Obama Makes History by Visiting Federal Prison

by Mary C. Piemonte

U.S. President Barack Obama at NAACP Convention in Philadelphia on July 14, 2015.

U.S. President Barack Obama at NAACP Convention in Philadelphia on July 14, 2015.

Barack Obama made history recently, when he became the first U.S. President to visit a federal prison.

He went to a medium-security lockup in El Reno, Oklahoma,“to shine a spotlight”on his criminal justice reform efforts that include reform “in the cell block” according to remarks he made two days earlier at the NAACP’s 106th national convention in Philadelphia, Pa. on July 14, 2015.
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President Obama’s Recent Report on Prison Reform

News brief: by Mary C. Piemonte

“Our nation is being robbed of men and women who could be workers and taxpayers, could be more actively involved in their children’s lives, could be role models, could be community leaders, and right now they’re locked up for a non-violent offense.” All because, “our criminal justice system isn’t as smart as it should be” according to President Barack Obama in remarks he made in his address at the NAACP’s 106th national convention on July 14, 2015.

And the he added that “mass incarceration makes our entire country worse off, and we need to do something about it.

Listen to his full remarks in this White House video of him “outlining the unfairness in much of our criminal justice system, and highlighting ideas of reform, the reasons why we need to reform America’s criminal justice system, and why we need to invest in our communities and expand opportunity for all Americans while keeping Americans safe and secure.”

Click here for the President’s full written remarks.

Attorney General Holder Urges Changes in Federal Sentencing Guidelines

by Mary C. Piemonte

Department of Justice courtesy photo of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Department of Justice courtesy photo of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

In his “latest step to alter the federal government’s approach to dealing with nonviolent drug offenders” yesterday,  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder “endorsed a proposed change to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines that would reserve the harshest penalties for the most serious drug offenders.”

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How Other Countries Deal With Drug Use

by Mary C. Piemonte

Franz Trautmann, a representative from the Netherlands, talking about how other countries deal with drug use, during the “Rethinking the War on Drugs” symposium at Northwestern Law School on Feb. 20, 2014.