Sentencing News

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March 14, 2017

Criminal justice reform: A women’s issue

Originally seen in The Hill The media has devoted a lot of ink and airtime to the sky-high incarceration rates here in the U.S., but sadly, that coverage often ignores a key demographic: women. The female prison population has spiked in recent years, and since Wednesday marked International Women’s Day, we thought this would be a… Read more »

March 14, 2017

Lawmakers disagree with life sentences for juveniles

Originally seen in The Philadelphia Tribunal  It wasn’t long ago — June 2016 to be exact — when Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams spoke passionately about providing juvenile offenders with “a light at the end of the tunnel.” It turns out, however, that light may just have well been a freight train preparing to some head-on… Read more »

March 14, 2017

Anti-recidivism bills clear House, will soon reach governor

Originally seen in FOX17 LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday aimed at keeping the more than 100,000 criminals under state supervision from committing new crimes, a move one supporter called a “milestone” shift in the treatment of offenders. Included in the 20-bill package is a proposal that would limit the length of incarceration… Read more »

March 13, 2017

Idaho lawmakers to discuss mandatory minimums bill

Originally seen in NWCN A bill aimed at criminal justice reform in Idaho has an informational hearing scheduled this week. If approved, the legislation would do away with mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking. Currently, judges are required to hand down certain sentences for drug offenses, depending on the type and amount of drug involved. The… Read more »

March 13, 2017

Here’s how Louisiana’s prison and sentencing laws might change

Originally seen in Gov. John Bel Edwards‘ task force on reducing Louisiana’s world-leading incarceration rate plans to vote March 16 on a series of recommendations that could form the basis of new legislation. A member of the task force provided The Times-Picayune with a draft of the recommendations. Here’s a summary: Group felony offenses in… Read more »