Sentencing News

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March 17, 2017

Mandatory minimums don’t reduce recidivism. So why is Pa. weighing bringing them back?

Originally seen in In 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found the state’s mandatory minimum sentences to be illegal — with a single, 3-2 ruling eradicating a favorite tool of prosecutors and a longtime target of criminal-justice reformers. Now, a Montgomery County legislator is on a mission to resuscitate them. Republican State Rep. Todd Stephens, himself a former… Read more »

March 17, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Tackle Range Of Criminal Justice Reforms This Session

Originally seen in Kera News There’s not much Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on in Austin these days, but criminal justice reform is one area that has found bipartisan support over the past decade.  This year, lawmakers have introduced scores of proposals intended to improve the way police, courts, jails and prisons do business in… Read more »

March 17, 2017

Delaware DOJ looks to streamline drug laws: eliminates some penalties, closes loopholes

Originally seen in Deleware News Talk According to the DOJ, a group of bipartisan legislators introduced “legislation to address some long-identified issues of complexity and conflict in Delaware’s criminal drug laws, as well as to make the laws more fair and increase penalties for repeatedly convicted drug dealers.” “Prosecutors and law enforcement officers have been saying… Read more »

March 17, 2017

Nevada bill would vacate sentences for some marijuana-related convictions

Originally seen in TVN A Nevada bill would do away with the sentences of defendants who were convicted of possessing an ounce or less of recreational marijuana before it became legal on Jan. 1 this year. Assemblyman William McCurdy II introduced Assembly Bill 259 this week to the Assembly’s Committee on Corrections, Parole and Probation in… Read more »

March 17, 2017

Federal Drug Arrests Are Going Down As Marijuana Becomes Legal Across The U.S.

Originally seen in Newsweek Federal arrests and sentences for drug-related crimes have been slowly declining since 2012. The biggest drop has been the number of federal crimes based on marijuana charges, which has fallen significantly over the last five years. There were more than 67,700 people charged with federal crimes in 2016; 19,945 were charged with drug-related offenses… Read more »

March 16, 2017

FAMM Testimony on Idaho Bill H179

Written Statement of Kevin Ring President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums  Submitted to the Idaho House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Rules, and Administration at a hearing on Controlled Substances and Mandatory Minimum Sentencing  March 15, 2016   I thank the Committee for its consideration of mandatory minimum sentencing reform and for the opportunity to… Read more »