Sentencing News

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September 30, 2013

Mandatory Minimum Sentences Detrimental

(The Windsor Star – Ontario, Canada) Even as Americans declare mandatory minimum sentencing the new Jim Crow laws, Ottawa continues to defend the practice of tying a judge’s hands. A new report from a blueribbon group of senior legal stakeholders says that, after the U.S., Canada has created the most robust mandatory sentencing regime in the… Read more »

September 30, 2013

FAMM Applauds Bill to Reform “10-20-Life” Gun Sentencing Law

GAINESVILLE, FLA. – FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) Florida Project Director Greg Newburn today applauded a bill aimed in part at correcting the unintended consequences of Florida’s “10-20-Life” gun sentencing law. HB 89, filed by Representative Neil Combee (R, Polk City), is designed to restore the rights of Floridians to protect the “Defense of Life,… Read more »

September 30, 2013

Conservatives Join Push to Roll Back Mandatory Prison Sentences

(FOX News) — A grassroots effort to roll back mandatory prison sentences — based on such conservative principles as less government and personal responsibility — appears to be gaining momentum by winning changes in several states and following a similar trend in Washington. The effort is being led in part by the Texas Public Policy… Read more »

September 29, 2013

Bill Would Grant Immunity in ‘Warning Shot’ Cases

(Miami Herald) A bill filed last week by a Polk County lawmaker is intended to address what he called “the negative, unintended consequences” of Florida’s 10-20-Life sentencing law by granting immunity to people who fire warning shots to protect themselves and others. It’s the second time that Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, has filed the… Read more »

September 29, 2013

Conservatives Embrace Cut in Mandatory Sentences

(Newsmax) It’s not just liberal Democrats trying to get rid of mandatory sentencing laws – conservatives, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and others have joined the fight. Paul has co-sponsored the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., in an effort to ease crowded prisons. The law would allow judges to consider defendants… Read more »

September 28, 2013

10-20-Life Law’s Flaw Turns Wrong People into Long-Term Prisoners

(Tampa Bay Times Column by John Romano) Meet Orville Wollard, hardened criminal. A human resources specialist at Sea World, Wollard was having trouble with his teenage daughter’s boyfriend a few years back. The boyfriend had previously punched a hole in a wall and was now refusing to leave Wollard’s home. Wollard got his gun and… Read more »