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Publications

 

Every Saint Has a Past, Every Sinner Has a Future By Rev. Bernard “Skip” Keels, M. Div. Mother's Day - May 13, 2001. Distributed by the Coalition for Jubilee Clemency (CJC), this Mother's Day sermon discusses the forgiveness and restoration of mothers serving long sentences behind bars for low-level, nonviolent offenses. Rev. Keels is Senior Pastor at the United Methodist Church in Newark, DE, and a member of the steering committee for the CJC.

Year 2000 Letter to President Clinton Campaign Final Report and Recommendations for Action March 24, 2001. A report of the Coalition for Jubilee Clemency (CJC), detailing the success of the CJC campaign in encouraging President Clinton to grant clemency to low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. A hard copy is available by contacting CJC at clemency@cjpf.org

Pardon Me, Please By CJPF president Eric E. Sterling. Chicago Tribune, December 20, 2000. The op-ed called on President Clinton to grant clemency to low-level Federal drug offenders. A similar op-ed was published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, on December 28, 2000.

Racially Disproportionate Outcomes in Processing Drug Cases By Eric E. Sterling. Washington, DC: Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. Updated April 15, 1999. An 8-page report describing the disproportionate impact of drug prosecutions on African-Americans and other racial minorities. Reports the data on the increasing and gross racial disparity at every stage in the processing of drug cases – from arrest to incarceration.

 

Disparity in Crack, Powder Cocaine Sentences By Eric E. Sterling. Chicago Tribune. August 4, 1997. This op-ed describes how the grossly disproportionate prosecution of African-Americans in federal crack cocaine cases is a consequence of mismanagement by the U.S. Department of Justice of federal prosecutors who overwhelmingly pursue low-level crack cases. The article describes how the disparity is less the product of the well-known statutory 100-to-1 crack/powder cocaine sentencing triggers.

Execution Would Make Timothy McVeigh a Martyr By CJPF Police Policy Fellow Nicholas Pastore. USA Today, June 11, 1997. This letter to the editor argues that lifelong imprisonment may be a more apt punishment for the man convicted of the Oklahoma City bombing, and warns that his execution could lead to more extremist violence done in his name.