Sentencing News

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July 11, 2013

New Earned Good Time Bill Introduced in Congress

On July 11, in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) introduced H.R. 2656, the Public Safety Enhancement Act of 2013 (PSEA). The bill could allow some federal prisoners to earn credit if they complete certain programs. The credits could enable some prisoners who are considered by… Read more »

July 1, 2013

Julie on Justice: Tyranny of Out-of-Touch Leaders

Happy Fourth of July.  I’m trying to drum up some genuine enthusiasm for the holiday but I keep coming up short.  I mean, I’m happy we gained our independence from Great Britain and who doesn’t like a good barbeque and fireworks?  In fact, I just learned that John Adams hoped we would celebrate the Declaration… Read more »

June 27, 2013

This Fourth of July, Every Day of Freedom Counts

This week we celebrate Independence Day, but the United States remains the world’s biggest jailer. We hate that irony, and changing it is what keeps us working hard here in hot, humid Washington, D.C. all summer long.  Wherever you’re celebrating the Fourth of July this year, we need your help.  We’re supporting the Justice Safety Valve Act, H.R. 1695,… Read more »

June 24, 2013

Do We Really Need More Criminal Code Offenses?

A new bipartisan task force comprising members of the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing this month to examine the growing problem known as overcriminalization.  I was cautiously optimistic when I first learned of the task force’s creation, because I believe that the explosion of federal criminal laws—many of which are vague and carry… Read more »

June 12, 2013

FAMM: A Family Affair

My brother, Jeff, recently wrote the letter below to FAMM members across the country.  You may have gotten a copy but I wanted to make sure you saw it because Jeff’s perspective is important.  He has been to prison and remembers what it’s like to seek change from behind bars.  Now, on the outside, he… Read more »

June 5, 2013

George Will: Leahy and Paul plan on mandatory sentencing makes sense 

Libertarians believe government should have a compelling reason before it restricts an individual’s liberty. Today’s liberals believe almost any reason will do, because liberty is less important than equality, fraternity, fighting obesity and many other aspirations. Now, however, one of the most senior and liberal U.S. senators and one of the most junior and libertarian… Read more »