Sentencing News

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April 10, 2017

Lawmakers will consider private prison company to build a new state pen

Seen via the Casper Star Tribune Wyoming may enlist a private prison company to build a new state penitentiary if lawmakers opt against repairing the existing facility, which is cracking and shifting due to the unstable ground below it. Critics blasted the idea of contracting with a for-profit prison industry, considering Wyoming’s past troubles when sending… Read more »

April 5, 2017

New Ohio law designed to stop repeat drunk drivers goes into effect

As seen via NBC4i A new law — called Annie’s Law — designed to protect people from repeat drunk drivers took effect Tuesday. The new law increases penalties for first-time offenders and implements a new system to stop repeat offenders. It is named after Annie Rooney who was hit and killed by a repeat drunk driving offender… Read more »

April 5, 2017

Nebraska advances bill to restore felon voting rights sooner

As seen via the Star Herald Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Friday to a bill that would allow people convicted of felonies to vote when they complete their prison sentences and any parole or probation. Senators voted 28-8 to eliminate the state’s two-year waiting period, which Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha says continues to disenfranchise Nebraska… Read more »

April 5, 2017

Mayor Backs Plan to Close Rikers and Open Jails Elsewhere

As seen via New York Times Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed on Friday to close the troubled jail complex on Rikers Island, which has spawned federal investigations, brought waves of protests and became a byword for brutality, in a move he said was intended to end an era of mass incarceration in New York City…. Read more »

April 3, 2017

Supreme Court hands victory to groups criticizing mandatory sentencing laws

via the Hill Also, read our take on Dean v. United States    The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that a court may consider whether a defendant has already been given a mandatory sentence for one crime when determining an appropriate sentence for another charge. The verdict is a victory for groups opposed to mandatory minimum sentences that were arguing for… Read more »

April 3, 2017

Communications Assistant (Internship)

  Who We Are: Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation’s leading nonprofit sentencing reform organization, seeks a dynamic, creative, organized, hard-working intern to join the FAMM team and work with our communications and research departments.  Who Should Apply: The ideal candidate is a current undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in communications, journalism, public… Read more »

March 30, 2017

Iowa Sentencing Reform Bill Clears Committee, Goes to Senate for Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés 202.621.5066 The Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee today approved HF 579, sending the bipartisan sentencing reform bill to the full Senate for a vote. The Iowa House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously on March 20. The bill enjoys broad support from across the ideological spectrum, including conservative organizations like… Read more »