Sentencing News

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May 31, 2017

GOP pushes new minimum sentencing laws

Originally published 5/30/17 at The Hill The debate over criminal justice reform has taken a head-spinning turn on Capitol Hill. After months of debate over whether to curb mandatory minimum prison sentences, Republicans are now going in the opposite direction. A new border security bill includes mandatory minimum sentences for certain immigrants who try to… Read more »

May 31, 2017

Funding For First U.S. Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program At Risk

Originally published at Currently, 32 states have laws that set up guidelines for victims of some crimes to meet with the offenders. The precursor to these programs was established in Elkhart County in 1977. It serves around 800 cases annually. The program is now threatened with a funding cut. Many of the cases that… Read more »

May 31, 2017

Tampa veteran’s mother fights mandatory minimum sentencing

Originally published 4/13/17 at WTSP A quarter century – that’s what Phyllis Giles’ son is serving, not in the Air Force where Michael planned to retire, but in a Florida prison. Michael Giles’ family is fighting Florida’s state law mandating minimum sentences. Giles is now six years into his sentence that advocates call unjust. Thursday,… Read more »

May 31, 2017

Residents pressure Sanchez on criminal justice reform

Originally published 4/14/17 at Jamaica Plain Gazette Residents pressured local state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez to take action on criminal justice reform at a public meeting last month on Mission Hill. Sanchez held the meeting to inform residents in his district about the results of a community survey he recently completed, and to answer questions from… Read more »

May 31, 2017

Among Delinquent Teens, Whites More Likely Than Blacks to Abuse Hard Drugs

Originally published 3/17/16 at Northwestern Now Abuse and dependence on “hard drugs” (cocaine, hallucinogen or PCP, opiate, amphetamine and sedatives) are less common among delinquent African American youth than those who are non-Hispanic white, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. The study offers the first comprehensive picture of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence… Read more »