June 17, 2015

More than 100 Former Federal Prosecutors, Judges, and Other Former Law Enforcement Officials Call for Federal Sentencing Reform

In a letter sent Tuesday to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate judiciary committees, 130 former federal prosecutors, federal judges, state attorneys general, and other former high-ranking law enforcement officials from across the country called on members of Congress to pass federal sentencing reform. “Individuals most likely to receive a [federal] mandatory… Read more »

June 1, 2015

A Puzzling Exception to 10-20-Life

Recently it was reported that uncovered video of a September 2013 “officer-involved shooting” in Palm Beach County might call into question the official version of that story. The video shows an officer pulling over a man, Dontrell Stephens, riding a bicycle. Stephens gets off the bicycle, then moves out of the view of the officer’s dash camera. For a… Read more »

May 22, 2015

Visit Congress Members This Memorial Day Week!

With Memorial Day weekend here, many of you are packing up and getting ready for vacations and visits. Maybe it’s a vacation with your family at the beach, or a visit with your family in the town you grew up in — or maybe it’s a visit with a loved one in prison. We’d like… Read more »

May 4, 2015

Mitt Romney: Wrong on “Mass Incarceration”

Confession! I’ve always thought Mitt Romney would have made a good president. That said, I was troubled by a comment the former Massachusetts Governor made recently on Fox News. Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave a speech in which she criticized (among other parts of the U.S. criminal justice system) “the mass incarceration that we… Read more »

April 29, 2015

Republican Presidential Candidates Support Criminal Justice Reform: Highlights from the New Brennan Center Book

An outstanding new book (Solutions: American Leaders on Criminal Justice) published by the Brennan Center for Justice brings together dozens of high-profile policymakers to discuss, chapter by chapter, various issues in criminal justice. It’s quite an accomplishment, and provides a tremendous amount of material to analyze and digest. What jumped out at me immediately, though,… Read more »

April 27, 2015

Canada: Oppose Mandatory Minimums for Gun Crimes

Lorne Gunter has an interesting column in the Toronto Sun titled, “Only violent gun crimes need minimum sentences.” Written in response to the recent Canadian Supreme Court decision striking down the the federal Tory government’s mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes, Gunter makes a reasonable argument – certainly more reasonable than some proponents of mandatory… Read more »

April 24, 2015

The Faithful are Flocking to Sentencing Reform!

A priest, a rabbi, and an evangelical pastor walked into the U.S. Capitol … No, that’s not the opening line of a joke, but a summary of what’s been happening here in Washington, DC for the last two weeks – the faithful have been flocking to Congress to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform! Last week,… Read more »


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