Earlier this year A federal agency unanimously approved a proposal to release approximately  46,000 inmates with drug convictions from prison early. The original amendment unanimously passed in April adjusted the guidelines that federal judges consult when sentencing defendants. When a mandatory minimum sentence doesn’t apply to a case (as it often does) and bind a judge to an exact sentence, the judge turns to a set of guidelines known as the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. These guidelines use the same overly punitive calculus that is the basis for mandatory minimum drug sentences, so both of these schemes have been held responsible for inflating the federal prison population by almost 800 percent percent since 1980.

The change by the U.S. Sentencing Commission only corrects a small part of this scheme. It amends a part of the guidelines that called for even longer sentences than comparable mandatory minimums. But even that small change will likely reduce the sentences of tens of thousands of drug prisoners. Going forward, the Commission estimated the change could affect some 70 percent of federal drug trafficking defendants.
The retroactive part of this amendment will not be automatic. To have their sentences reduced, those 46,000 inmates eligible for sentencing reductions would have to go before a judge, who would decide whether to grant them all or some of the sentencing reduction in the new guidelines. If all the judges granted the full reduction, inmates would see an average of 23 months shaved off their sentences, or 18.4 percent of their full sentence, according to Commission estimates (initial estimates also suggested more than 51,000 prisoners could be released. But the estimate was lowered at Friday’s meeting due to the delayed start date of November, 2015.).
This would also save the Bureau of Prisons the equivalent of 83,525 “bed years” (cost of housing one inmate for one year) over the course of many years. The Commission estimated that 395 of these inmates would die behind bars if they were not given this opportunity for early release.
These requests to reduce sentences would not come all at once. Some inmates — an estimated 8,000 — would be eligible to go before a judge immediately when the change goes into effect in 2015. But the remainder would become eligible to seek those sentencing reductions over a period of years, depending on when they were sentenced and the length of their original sentence. Although this would undoubtedly placed a burden on judges, those who testified before the Sentencing Commission in June on this issue called it courts’ “burden to bear” and that granting inmates retroactive relief is a “moral issue.”



In fact, many federal judges have expressed vocal outrage over schemes that bind them to sentencing low-level defendants like kingpins. That fundamental scheme hasn’t been changed by today’s fix. Since the mid-1980s, these drug sentencing laws have placed an over-emphasis on quantities of drugs rather than a defendant’s role in the crime. That means that a person involved in an offense that involved 50 grams of methamphetamine could get 40 years in prison, regardless of whether they served as mastermind of the deal or a low-level courier of money.
The Sentencing Commission and the U.S. Justice Department would both like to see this scheme changed. But for that, they have to wait for an act of Congress, since even the Sentencing Guidelines are tied to the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. “The real solution rests with Congress, and we continue to support efforts there to reduce mandatory minimum penalties, consistent with our recent report finding that mandatory minimum penalties are often too severe and sweep too broadly in the drug context, often capturing lower-level players,” Saris said in January.
Two bipartisan bills to reform these laws are still pending in both houses of Congress.



Can’t we all just get along?” This is your man Maestro giving it to you like a hooker on Auburn Avenue with no cut. Love & Hip Hop has managed to keep us glued to the screen to see what drama can possibly ensue the all out brawl that took place during the filming  at the reunion. I for one, can only imagine what the reality show has in store for us the next season. I mean what’s left? We’ve witnessed women swinging from shower rods, self proclaimed god’s, men who can’t handle their own affairs, old fashion jealously, ugly stares, extra marital affairs, over zealous mother in laws, two-bit brawls,  under achieving musicians who by the way are their own biggest fans, a bitter man, fast cars and  want ta be stars. Hew! Give me a second to catch my breath…Ok!  There were mispronounced words, rap songs unheard, infidelity, a possible felony,  hair weaves, nose bleeds, gun shots, a man who’s not and a Puerto Rican Princess so removed from reality, it will take an 18 wheeler to bring her back.

Remember the slogan, “Bros before Hoes?” Well apparently our two men of fortune have lost their way. Not only have they allowed their friendship to be compromised by their “significant other”s, they have lost total respect for each other. Stevie J is about 5′ 10″ and my man Benzino comes in at an impressive 5′ 3″. Benzino is damn near giving away a foot and I can’t imagine what the arm reach disadvantage is at this point but I’m not even going there. I guess it’s safe to say that the BROMANCE is officially over. We may never know the truth, but It could be recalled that both Stevie J and Joseline attacked Benzino and his fiancee Althea following the “Hip Hop Weekly” mogul’s comments about his former best-friend using drugs. The physical altercation had security stepping in to stop the fight, and they escorted both Stevie J and Joseline out of the studio where they were filming the reunion special.

If I was a gambling man I’d bet they will be back to kicking it in the next season. Here we have two individuals hyped up and flowing of the intensity of the crowd and television ratings. I’m certain they will realize they make a hell of a lot more money as allies rather than “BROS”. So I suppose the question that takes center stage is, “Will Joseline Hernandez recover from her disaster? I’m certain when the producers of the show got together and staged the reunion, they had absolutely no idea what they were getting themselves into.  Now if you think Joseline will be kicked off the show drop me a line and tell me why.



The players in the NFL are under intense scrutiny right now. So Street Justice has decided to provide you with a list of the players who are suspended leading into the 2014 season, just in case you can’t keep up!



Keep in mine these suspensions could potentially change at some point over the next few weeks. The NFL and NFLPA implementing new drug policies that could possibly have a dramatic effect on some of the suspensions below.

A new policy wouldn’t guarantee that any player would have their suspension reduced, but it would mean they could get their case re-examined.

For now, all 39 players on this list are suspended.

One game (4)

WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City

LB Nigel Bradham, Buffalo

WR Marlon Moore, Cleveland

QB Dominique Davis, free agent

Two games (3)

DB Chris Lewis-Harris, Cincinnati

DB Brandon Meriweather, Washington

RB Ray Rice, Baltimore

Three games (1)

WR Jerome Simpson, Minnesota

Four games (21)

WR Stedman Bailey, St. Louis

DE Frank Alexander, Carolina

DB Brandon Browner, New England

DB Jakar Hamilton, Dallas

OL Eric Herman, New York Giants

OL Lane Johnson, Philadelphia

DB Reshad Jones, Miami

DE Dion Jordan, Miami

LB Robert Mathis, Indianapolis

K Matt Prater, Denver

WR Ace Sanders, Jacksonville

DB Orlando Scandrick , Dallas

OL Donald Stephenson, Kansas City

WR Brian Tyms, New England

WR Wes Welker, Denver

DB Jayron Hosley, New York Giants

LB Erin Henderson, free agent

DL Spencer Nealy, free agent

OL Rokevious Watkins, free agent

DL Brandon Moore, free agent

LB Jake Knott, free agent

Six games (2)

DB Will Hill, Baltimore

Colts owner Jim Irsay

Eight games (1)

RB Andre Brown, free agent

Nine games (1)

LB Aldon Smith, San Francisco

10 games (1)

DL Josh Brent, retired, Cowboys own rights

Indefinitely suspended (Can apply for reinstatement after the 2014 season) (6)

WR Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville

WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland

DB Tanard Jackson, Washington

LB Daryl Washington, Arizona

WR LaVon Brazill, free agent

TE Fred Davis, free agent

What Goes Around (http://youtu.be/xJibbcePYcc) written by Antonio Moses Author of RITA (The Sole Survivor) an Urban Fiction Novel about cause and effect. The saga unfolds in the heart of Atlanta where three unlikely people lives are intertwined by several unexplained sequences of events cause their paths to cross. http://www.antoniomoses.com Published by Ashanti Publishing Group http://www.ashantipublishinggroup.com



JOURNALISM is the practice of investigating and reporting events, issues and trends to the mass audiences of print, broadcast and online media such as newspapers, magazines and books, radio and television stations and networks, and blogs and social and mobile media.

  • The product generated by such activity is called journalism.
  • People who gather and package news and information for mass dissemination are journalists.
  • The field includes writing, editing, design and photography.

With the idea in mind of informing the citizenry, journalists cover individuals, organizations, institutions, governments and businesses as well as cultural aspects of society such as arts and entertainment. News media are the main purveyors of information and opinion about public affairs.

A media organisation will be judged on the accuracy and reliability of the journalism it produces. That journalism must be well-sourced, supported by strong evidence, examined and tested, clear and unambiguous. Verified facts must form the basis of all news, not rumor and speculation. Accuracy is essential if journalism is to inform the public debate. We need to be totally transparent in declaring what we know and what we don’t know.

The act of reporting news flowing in from all parts of the world require discipline and integrity on the part of the body managing it. We as Journalist, bloggers, and reporters have a duty to the populace to provide information that can be trusted. But unfortunately, Sometimes sifting through the murky water steers us into uncharted waters  and we have to exert a valid effort to get back on course.


Therefore in the interest of fair reporting, please accept our apologies for the mistake that appeared in our post a few days ago about George Zimmerman being arrested in Ferguson MO., for stalking two African American teens and later holding them at gun point. We didn’t realize what happened until we received a flood of emails to the contrary. Apparently there is a website our there by the name of National Report.  After verifying the matter closer our publishing team took the blog post down immediately. Here at Street Justice we take what we do very serious and reporting accurate and late breaking news is every important to us. In light of the seriousness of the events unfolding in Ferguson MO, we would never promote “SATIRE” or try to advance some hidden agenda of the misfortune of others. What happen to Michael Brown was a travesty of justice. Fortunately, in a civil society there are procedures in place and unfortunately the wheels turn a little bit slower depending on who’s driving the car.

I know this is a disappointment for those who had their hopes raised, to protest and champion a cause for justice, but you can understand how a break down in communication can result in a botched story and basis of a journalist reporting ethics in question. And for that reason we are extending an official apology to GEORGE ZIMMERMAN and our devoted followers. This is Maestro and I’m out!

A STATE OF AN EMERGENCY HAS BEEN SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR OF MISSOURI. GOV. Jay Nixon signed a “Declaration Order” to place boots on the ground in Ferguson after two days of civil unrest as a protest of an officer firing 6 shots into the body of an unarmed Michael Brown. A State of Emergency literally means the National Guard will be joining the ranks of the turmoil unfolding on the streets. It is unsure why Jay Nixon, Governor, has deployed the troops to enter in the city, without first addressing the citizens of the state he currently oversees. We all remember how long it took for any type of aid to touch down in New Orleans. The military has been called in without hesitation, but the justice for the officer isn’t swift. That by and large is the reason there is protest and civil unrest.

Let’s get into this topic a bit deeper. First I will explain what a State of Emergency is: A state of emergency is a governmental declaration that announces that the country is in a state of emergency.  This means that the government can suspend and/or change some functions of the executive, the legislative and or the judiciary during this period of time. It alerts citizens to change their normal behavior and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans.

For each state, the conditions required are slightly different. Overall, however, a state of emergency declaration allows state governments to streamline their operations temporarily so they can respond more quickly to events by reassigning personnel and sending vehicles, trucks and heavy equipment to areas affected by storms.

The declaration also gives governors the ability to deploy National Guard troops where needed, close state offices temporarily and work with both state and federal emergency management agencies to manage evacuation orders or restrict travel in affected areas.


Ferguson, Mo– curfew continues for the second day. People all over the world eyes are on the Racial tension building in



Ferguson MO. Riot police have taken to the streets of Ferguson to control protesters from taking their plight to the streets. This is crazy, I can’t keep up with the carnage on the streets. We have to take a look at the situation here in America and reconsider our position as leaders in the international community. Lets face it, WHITE police officers are at a point where they feel as though taking the life of a BLACK man is the thing to do. The government and other officials protect them when they act outside the constitution of their authority.

Rather than making violators accountable (rogue police) for their actions, police officer’s who take the lives of innocent people are generally placed on desk duty and in some cases placed on administrative leave…with pay. Of course given the circumstances one can’t help but empathize with the victims and the families who lose loved ones at the hand of  law enforcement officials who have sworn to protect and serve the citizens in their communities.  It is safe to say when individuals are protesting their emotions get involved and due to the fact these unprovoked acts keep recurring. Which has a lot to do with  the demonstrators getting out of hand. The media keeps saying that the individuals who are responsible for violence escalating on the streets in Ferguson.

An autopsy report demonstrates there were 6 shots fired into the body of an armed teenager Michael Brown. A second autopsy is



expected to be performed to investigate the matter closer. In all actuality, the second autopsy was ordered to give public and local officials more time to make up excuses for not taking the murdering cop into custody. If you take a look at the entry point of the gun shots, the murdering cop aimed center mass with the intent to kill and not to control the suspect. Several reports state the teenager was unarmed and the heavy handed cop acted with malice intent. I typically try to report the news and stay neutral, but these escalating events are making it extremely hard to exercise patience. INJUSTICE AND CIVIL UNREST GO HAND-N-HAND! How do you expect civility when law officials blatantly disregard the rule of law.

In retrospect, the colonist here in North America felt the British rule was unjust and that there was no representation. Protesters raised up arms against the British and after bloodshed and thousands of innocent lives being caught in the cross fire–the United States were formed. The Declaration of Independence states that our government derives its just – or lawful – powers from the “consent of the governed.” The underlying principle implied in the Declaration was that “We the People” are the true and rightful government of the United States, and as Abraham Lincoln declared in his Gettysburg Address, “government of the people by the people and for the



people shall not perish from this earth.” Elected and appointed officials are managers selected to work on our behalf in order to accomplish our collective will. We do not, however, elect them to dictate what our will is, or should be.

However, in the event that our government becomes one consisting of rulers rather than representatives, our government determined over 200 years ago what our course of action should be.

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Aspiring writers are strongly encouraged to bring their best manuscript(s) for an informal evaluation. Ashanti Publishing Group is looking for writer’s with a desire to write stories people are interested in reading and as an added bonus for attending the book signing, some lucky reader will qualify for a drawing to have their name placed in Antonio Moses’s next Hood Fiction entitled: “WHAT GOES AROUND”

Which is due out in book stores in the fall of 2014!





OCTOBER 3, 2014

Friday Evening from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm

Antonio Moses, Author of RITA (The Sole Survivor) is an African American Urban Fiction book writer dedicated to changing the stereo-types associated with “Street Literature”. 5% of his 2014 profits from his book are being donated to under privileged inner city children. Antonio Moses is committed to offering a contract to an aspiring writer if RITA (The Sole Survivor) sells more than 100,000 copies. Serious writers are encouraged to bring their manuscripts for consideration of publication.

Readers of his books have expressed great enthusiasm for the project and an author page has been set up an external website www.antoniomoses.com to raise more money for his project.

“I couldn’t put RITA (The Sole Survivor) down when I started reading it and I’m so pleased Antonio is African American literature – He’s making such a difference.” – The current owner for Blende Magazine out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Antonio Moses became fascinated with Urban Fiction after reading some of the bestseller’s and wanted to dedicate his talents in taking the industry to the next level. His book RITA (The Sole Survivor) is a fictional story based on his real life experiences growing up in one of the projects in Atlanta, GA. Read more at http://www.antoniomoses.com



Shocking footage of police officer assaulting a family.

Trigger happy cops putting in work!


POLICE BRUTALITY! POLICE BRUTALITY! POLICE BRUTALITY! The sad fact that there isn’t enough time in a day for



me to post ALL of the Police Brutality cases popping up all over the country is a damn shame!  For lack of a better word, I am PISSED OFF! We have criminals wearing police uniforms terrorizing the streets. With your permission I am going to free-style on this one. So please excuse me if I don’t use references or draw on statistics. This is raw footage and want to play it unedited. This is Maestro and I pray this post is not taken out of context. But with the way things are unfolding in this country, IT IS WHAT IT IS! For a long time in the early 80’s after the “War on Drugs” was declared, any young African American male driving an expensive car fit the description of a “Drug Dealer”. I remember friends and family members being pulled over in the hood for “Driving Black”. Law enforcement were debriefed and told what to look for as suspicious activity and the 4th Amendment was tossed out the window. As a result, hundreds of thousands of young black African Americans were illegally targets and no one cared.

After the horrific events of 911 unfolded, politicians worked diligently to find someone to point the blame and make public enemy number one. No long thereafter “HOME LAND SECURITY” was sanctioned and with it, profiling Middle Easterners traveling in and out of the United States. One thing the United States is good at is creating a monster to justify implementing their force and domination. What good is having the best arsenal and not having a cause to engage?  There is a saying, Not all Arab’s are terrorist but all known terrorist are Middle Easterners. This is the mentality that has festered in our society for too damn long and it’s time for reform.



Your probably asking yourself, “Maestro what does any of this have to do with all of the Police Brutality going on in our cities?” PROFILING, that’s what. This is to demonstrate how prejudice our system is and that it is in serious need of an overhaul. Police are attacking citizens in practically every state and the first thing the media says is, “You can’t judge all cops by the action of a few.” I beg to differ. What we have here is a double standard. If a citizen breaks the law, he/she has a target on their backs along with studies to support recidivism.  In our current society a felon can’t catch a break, yet the cops who go out of their way to wrongfully convict individuals make it extremely difficult to have any confidence in law enforcement.


Here in American we live in a civil society. The populace in general are law abiding citizens. Most of the people residing in



the boarders of the United States would stop if a police car signals to them and cooperate to the fullest with authorities. So why then are cops so pissed off and abusive? Is it that they are over worked and under paid? If that be the case, they should quit and find new employment. But the simple fact the office which vest the power in these unstable men, won’t handle these cases swiftly and impartially gives these offender cops a pass to act out on emotions rather than experience.

What if the citizens follow suit and start profiling officers? What would we look for…Officer’s wearing a police uniform? Guys dressed up and cruising around in police cars? Regardless of how bias this system is I am not stupid enough to think ALL police officers are bad people. But what do you think about if you’re pulled over one night on a dark and lonely road and out of nowhere police lights appear in your rear-view mirror?  With the current state of emergency at hand, the coin appears to have heads on both sides.

Written by Antonio Moses

ARCHIVES OF A BLACK MAN Written by Antonio Moses

ARCHIVES OF A BLACK MAN is a book of spoken word, essays and poetry written by an up and coming author named Antonio Moses share this video with your friends and family. It is an excerpt from book, which is one of many pieces you’ll fall in love with. (Book Trailer) Some of the best spoken word you’ll hear. Visit Antonio Moses author page at: www.antoniomoses.com and buy his book RITA (The Sole Survivor) on Ashanti Publishing Group www.ashantipublishinggroup.com  You can also drop Antonio a line and he will personally respond to you at: sales@antoniomoses.com. Let me know what you think of the proposed cover and if you have any suggestions please feel free to forward them to me. Don’t worry I have thick skin.