Bobby Scott

  Last week, Congress passed the “Death In Custody Bill.” The new bill, sponsored by Congressman Bobby Scott, requires police departments to report when someone dies in custody in a jail or are involved in a shooting. On Friday, Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel discussed the potential impact this bill will […]

President Barack Obama‘s commutation of 8 crack cocaine sentences that he said were unduly harsh underscores the problem with so-called “mandatory minimum” drug sentencing laws that force judges to impose long sentences even if they don’t fit the crime. “The people [whose sentences he commuted] yesterday already had served 15 years, many of them — […]