Every day, President Obama reads ten representative letters among the thousands he receives from citizens across the land. The letters come from people of all ages, walks of life, and political points of view. Some are heartbreaking, some angry, some hopeful. Indeed, Obama reads as many letters addressed “Dear Jackass” as “Dear Mr. President.” Eli Saslow, a young and rising star at the Washington Post, became fascinated by the power of these letters and set out to find the stories behind them. Ten Letters is an inspiring and important book about ordinary people....
A new California law to reduce prison crowding keeps addicts out of jail, but not always out of trouble. Just weeks after being released, James Rabenberg was caught breaking the law again. "A 'virtual Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card'" is an article collected in Justice for None: How the Drug War Broke the Legal System by The Washington Post, also available on Audible.com.
Mandatory penalties, many of which require at least a decade in prison for minor drug offenses, take discretion away from judges and have fueled an unprecedented rise in prison populations, leading to a "growing and historic crisis." "Against His Better Judgment" is an article collected in Justice for None: How the Drug War Broke the Legal System by The Washington Post, also available on Audible.com.
"For Diamond Reynolds, Trying to Move Past 10 Tragic Minutes of Video" is from the September 10, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Eli Saslow and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
"Gunman at Oregon College Appeared Armed for an Extended Siege" is from the October 03, 2015 Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Eli Saslow, Sarah Kaplan and Joseph Hoyt and narrated by Jill Melancon.