Sentencing News

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April 19, 2017

FAMM Hails Passage of Iowa Sentencing Reform Bill

For Immediate Release Contact: Lani Prunes 202-822-6700 FAMM Hails Passage of Iowa Sentencing Reform Bill   The Iowa House early this morning unanimously approved SF 445 after adding important sentencing reform provisions that FAMM and other advocates have promoted. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass, and then… Read more »

April 17, 2017

Success Story: Elizabeth Melson

Elizabeth was a shy child and adolescent who struggled with self-esteem issues from an early age. Problems for Elizabeth became worse during her teens, around the time of her parents’ separation and divorce. As a teenager, she experimented with alcohol, drugs and risky behaviors, which led to trouble at school with her academics. Paradoxically, although… Read more »

April 12, 2017

State Lawmakers Consider Additional Bills To Reduce Prison Population

Via News 9 The Senate Public Safety Committee on Thursday passed four bills designed to reduce the state’s prison population.  Back in November, voters sent lawmakers a message that they wanted real criminal justice reform. Voters passed two measures that reduce penalties for certain non-violent crimes. On Thursday, a senate committee passed four bills that… Read more »

April 12, 2017

‘Raise the Age,’ Now Law in New York, Is Still a Subject of Debate

Via The New York Times Much of the praise for the Raise the Age initiative, which was passed by the New York Legislature over the weekend, was effusive, with various political factions claiming it as their own victory and its supporters calling it a historic protection for juvenile defendants. To be sure, the law —… Read more »

April 12, 2017

There are 23 marijuana bills this session. What’s in them?

Via The Nevada Independent  After voters authorized recreational marijuana in November, Nevada lawmakers are discussing a raft of legislation to fill in the details of the new environment. Here are some key themes running through 23 marijuana-related bills this session, and how they overlap with one another: Marijuana taxation policy and ways to spend new revenue:… Read more »