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Prop 47 Makes Thousands of Drug, Property Offenders Eligible for Release by Joe Watson The passage of California's Proposition 47 in November 2014—which reduced many felony drug-possession and property crimes to misdemeanors— might be a harbinger of criminal-justice reform nationwide. But for now, reform advocates will gladly accept the imminent ...
Trapped by Sam Levin California wastes tens of millions of dollars a year keeping people in prison long after they’ve been rehabilitated – denying parole for arbitrary reasons and destroying lives in the process. by Sam Levin, East Bay Express Part One: Cruel and Indefinite Punishment Demian Johnson knows he ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Rundown on California Propositions 57 and 64 by Kent A. Russell by Kent A. Russell, Esq. In the November 2016 elections, California voters enacted Propositions 57 and 64, two new laws that will potentially benefit thousands of prisoners and scores of prior marijuana offenders. Prop 57 makes most non-violent prisoners ...
Vera Institute for Justice Reports Tracks Prisoner Increase from 1970 to 2014 by Derek Gilna The Vera Institute for Justice, a non-profit research organization, has completed an ambitious aggregation and analysis of the county-by-county increase in incarceration from 1970 to 2014.  Starting with figures provided by the Department of Justice's ...
California’s Historic Corrections Reforms, PPIC, 2016 California’s Historic Corrections Reforms September 2016 Magnus Lofstrom, Mia Bird, and Brandon Martin PPIC.ORG © 2016 Public Policy Institute of California. PPIC is a public charity. It does not take or support positions on any ballot measures or on any local, state, or federal ...
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33 States Reform Criminal Justice Policies Through Justice Reinvestment, PEW, 2016 A fact sheet from Nov 2016 33 States Reform Criminal Justice Policies Through Justice Reinvestment Overview Since 2007, 33 states have reformed their sentencing and corrections policies through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a public-private partnership that includes the U.S. ...
Harsh Sentencing Laws in Washington State to Blame for Growing Lifer Population, Says University Study by Joe Watson Though its forward thinking, beanie-clad baristas façade would suggest otherwise, the State of Washington has a sobering history of abandoning rehabilitative incarceration in favor of some of the most draconian sentencing laws ...
Outcomes of California’s Proposition 47 by Joe Watson The passage of California’s Proposition 47 in November 2014 – which reduced many felony drug possession and property crimes to misdemeanors – might be a harbinger of criminal justice reform nationwide. But for now, reform advocates have gladly accepted the release of ...
Article • August 2, 2016 • from PLN August, 2016
Virginia: Unproven Facts Used to Deny Parole Subject of Lawsuit, Settlement by A settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit forced the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) and the state’s Parole Board to deem a prisoner eligible for parole. The settlement also reversed the agencies’ interpretation of Virginia’s “Three Strikes” law ...
Former U.S. Attorney General’s Legacy: Too Little, Too Late by Derek Gilna The U.S. Sentencing Commission’s unanimous vote in April 2014 to reduce sentencing guidelines two levels for certain defendants convicted of nonviolent drug crimes was a major step in cutting the federal prison terms of both the newly-convicted and ...
Publication • February 25, 2016
Filed under: Three Strikes
Unintended Consequences of Three-Strikes Laws, Iyengar, 2007 I’d rather be Hanged for a Sheep than a Lamb The Unintended Consequences of ‘Three-Strikes’ Laws Radha Iyengar Harvard University October 2007 The opinions and conclusions are solely those of the author. I grateful to Orley Ashenfelter, David Autor, Hank Farber, Lawrence Katz, ...
Article • January 12, 2016
Releasees under Three Strikes Reform Have Lower Recidivist Rate by David Reutter More than 1,000 prisoners have been released since California voters approved in 2012 the reform of the state’s harsh three strikes law. Despite not being provided pre-and post-release services afforded other prisoners, the strikers have a lower recidivism ...
Brief • November 16, 2015
Allen v. Heyns, MI, Order Granting Pls' MSD & Denying Defs' MSD, Class Action, Parolable Life Sentences, 2013 STATE OF MICHIGAN IN THE 30TH (INGHAM COUNTY) CIRCUIT COURT ______________________________________________ EDWARD ALLEN, OLIVER HARDY, and MICHAEL WATKINS, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, File No. 12-907-CZ v. ...
Brief • November 16, 2015
Allen v. Heyns, MI, Complaint, Class Action, Parolable Life Sentences, 2012 STATE OF MICHIGAN IN THE 30TH (INGHAM COUNTY) CIRCUIT COURT ______________________________________________ EDWARD ALLEN, OLIVER HARDY, and MICHAEL WATKINS, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, File No. 12-907-CZ v. Hon. Joyce Draganchuk DANIEL HEYNS, Director of ...
Brief • November 16, 2015
Allen v. Heyns, MI, Motion and Brief for Summary Disposition, Class Action, Parolable Life Sentences, 2013 STATE OF MICHIGAN IN THE 30TH (INGHAM COUNTY) CIRCUIT COURT ______________________________________________ EDWARD ALLEN, OLIVER HARDY, and MICHAEL WATKINS, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, File No. 12-907-CZ v. Hon. Joyce ...
Mass Incarceration: The Most Important Political Issue of 2016 No One Wants to Talk About by David J. Krajicek Mass Incarceration: The Most Important Political Issue of 2016 No One Wants to Talk About The mushrooming prison population is a political ticking timebomb. by David J. Krajicek Five years ago, ...
Publication • September 11, 2015
UW Law Societies & Justice - Life Without Parole, Washington 2015 Life Without Parole Sentences in Washington State Dakota Blagg – Madison Brown – Alison Buchanan – Bryce Ellis – Olivia Gee – Andreas Hewitt – Zoe Liebeskind – Katelyn Lowthorp – Alexandra Lynch – Hannah Schwendeman – Nicholas Scott ...
Article • February 15, 2014 • from PLN February, 2014
Filed under: Sentencing, Three Strikes
California: Felons with Prior Juvenile Strikes Excluded from County Jail Placement Under Realignment Act by The California Court of Appeal held on March 20, 2013 that a prisoner whose prior record includes a juvenile adjudication for a serious or violent felony may not receive a county jail commitment, even if ...
Article • October 15, 2013 • from PLN October, 2013
Sex Offenders Who Fail to Register May Receive Life Sentence Under California’s “Three Strikes” Law by The California Supreme Court has held that, depending on the specifics of the underlying offense, failure to register as a sex offender may subject a defendant with two qualifying prior serious and/or violent convictions ...
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