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Beyond the Bars of Hopelessness: How We Can Revive Parole by By Jean Trounstine, Truthout A newly released Sentencing Project report, "Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences", lays it on the line: Incarcerated people who have been sentenced to "life" but are eligible for parole are serving ...
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 ...
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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. ...
"The System Abuses Us by Locking Us Up Forever": Aging Survivors Behind Bars by Victoria Law By Victoria Law, Truthout On October 6, 2016, 15-year-old Bresha Meadows will appear in an Ohio family court for the death of her abusive father. Meadows had spent a lifetime watching her father hit, ...
Article • November 15, 2016
Sentencing Commission Report Finds Crack Convictions Halved by Fair Sentencing Act by Derek Gilna When Congress Passed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA), it reduced the 100 to 1 disparity for crack cocaine offenses compared to cocaine offenses to 18 to 1.  The intent was to reduce sentences and, ...
Rare Corporate Prosecution: West Virginia’s “King of Coal” Sentenced for Conspiracy in Mine Deaths by Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, conspired to “willfully violate mandatory mine health and safety standards” to maximize his personal profits, and on April 5, 2010, an explosion attributed to safety violations claimed ...
The Rape Victims Silenced by Their Prison Cells by A prison chaplain who admitted to sexually assaulting three prisoners may spend less than a year behind bars. Why don’t we seem to care? by Melissa Jeltsen, Huffington Post When Leticia Villarreal, 42, began her prison sentence at McPherson Unit, a ...
Article • November 7, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Supervised Release Term Does Not Limit Prison Sentence Upon Violation by The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held “that upon revocation of supervised release a defendant may be sentenced to the felony class limits contained in [18 U.S.C.] § 3583(e)(3) without regard to imprisonment previously served for revocation of supervised ...
Ninth Circuit: Congress Can Criminalize Federal Sex Crimes Committed in State Facilities by Mark Wilson The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in August 2015 that Congress is authorized to criminalize sexual assaults in facilities where federal prisoners are held by agreement with state and local governments. On March 5, ...
Article • September 8, 2016
Supreme Court Rules Federal Judge May Make Sentence Consecutive to Future State Sentence by On March 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a federal judge may impose a sentence that is consecutive to an anticipated state sentence. Monroe Ace Setser was on probation for a Texas drug charge ...
Article • August 26, 2016
Oklahoma DA: Pardons Board Violated State's Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines by If a clemency board chooses to sidestep mandatory sentencing guidelines and recommend a prisoner's early release, it possesses that maneuverability. And, as an Oklahoma D.A. recently illustrated, prosecutors hate being outmaneuvered. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater accused the state's ...
Article • August 24, 2016
Iowa's Governor Commutes Juvenile Life-Without-parole Sentences to 60 Years Flat by Matthew Clarke In a controversial reaction to a recent Supreme Court ruling declaring mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles unconstitutional, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad commuted the sentences of the 38 Iowa juvenile who had been sentenced to life without parole ...
Article • August 3, 2016
Human Rights Report Reveals Inequities in U.S. Sentencing Practices by Gary Hunter “Nation Behind Bars” is a 36 page report exposing the egregious effects that decades of unfair sentencing practices have had on U.S. citizens. Pointing back to the “tough on crime” stance taken by many politicians in their quest ...
The Impact of Trying Youths as Adults, Campaign for Youth Justice, 2007 THE CAMPAIGN FOR YOUTH JUSTICE The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. The goals of the ...
State of Florida v. Gaiter, FL, Order, unconstitutionality of state death penalty statute , 2016
Publication • July 12, 2016
Report of the Proceedings, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2014 REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE JUDICIAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES September 16, 2014 The Judicial Conference of the United States convened in Washington, D.C., on September 16, 2014, pursuant to the call of the Chief Justice of ...
Brief • July 7, 2016
Hebert v. USA, US, Amicus Brief - Berman, 6th Am due process excessive sentencing, 2016 No. 15-1190 IN THE Supreme Court of the United States MARK HEBERT, Petitioner, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondent. On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the ...
Study Shows Modest Decline in Prison Populations by Derek Gilna A February 2016 study by The Sentencing Project, “U.S. Prison Population Trends 1999-2014: Broad Variation Among States in Recent Years,” found there has been a 2.9% average decline in the number of state prisoners during that period. Over those 15 ...
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