Sentencing News

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May 31, 2017

Maine’s tough-on-crime talking governor to release inmates

Originally published 5/25/17 at the Washington Post Maine’s Republican governor, who once joked about using the guillotine to execute drug dealers, announced a plan this week to release an unknown number of “lower-risk” prisoners from the state’s correctional facilities. State prisoner advocates applauded Gov. Paul LePage’s idea, while some fellow Republicans questioned it. The governor… Read more »

May 31, 2017

How Trump’s Crime Crackdown Could Affect Defendants in NYC

Originally published 5/30/17 at On May 10, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo instructing federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,” essentially eliminating the current policy, which is based on a 2013 memo from previous Attorney General Eric Holder, whose so-called “Smart on Crime” approach was to use… Read more »

May 31, 2017

Oklahoma Gov. Fallin criticizes Biggs for holding up justice reform bills

Originally published 5/25/17 at The Oklahoman Gov. Mary Fallin called out a House committee chairman for bottling up criminal justice reform bills Thursday as time ticked down on efforts to enact meaningful reforms. The plea accomplished little. Chairman Scott Biggs called a brief meeting of his House conference committee Thursday evening where House authors of… Read more »

May 31, 2017

FAMM Releases Federal Prisoner Survey Results on Job Training, Educational Opportunities, and More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rabiah Burks 202.999.4258 FAMM Releases Federal Prisoner Survey Results on Job Training, Educational Opportunities, and More WASHINGTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today released the findings of the first-ever independent survey of federal prisoners, which focused on the type and quality of educational and vocational training programs, as well as… Read more »