Sentencing News

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October 16, 2013

Stewart: Windy City Gun Sentences Driven by Politics, Not Facts

(Huffington Post commentary by Julie Stewart) — The world has gone mad. Or maybe it is just Illinois. While states across the country are moving away from counterproductive and costly mandatory minimum sentencing laws, Illinois is considering adopting a new one for gun possession. And while it used to be the conservatives who proposed new… Read more »

October 16, 2013

Editorial: Anti-Violence Bill Not the Answer to Chicago Problem

(Bloomington Pantagraph, Editorial) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are expected to push hard for what they see as a solution to the city’s violent crime problem during next week’s veto session of the General Assembly. The solution isn’t really a solution, however. It’s doubtful it will work and it will… Read more »

October 16, 2013

Zimring: False Premise of Mandatory Gun Sentences

(Chicago Sun-Times) — Franklin Zimring is the Simon Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and former director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago. Professor Zimring wrote this op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times about the rush toward increased mandatory minimum gun sentences in Chicago. Writes Professor… Read more »

October 15, 2013

Remembering Eugenia Jennings

Eugenia Jennings passed away on October 13 after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Eugenia served 10 years of a 22-year federal prison sentence for crack cocaine. In 2011, she became the first — and only — person to receive a sentence commutation from President Obama. Diagnosed with leukemia while she was in prison, Eugenia waged… Read more »

October 15, 2013

Why Kwame Kilpatrick Should Not Serve 28 Years in Prison

(Atlantic Cities) — On Thursday afternoon, former two-term Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison for a slew of corruption charges, including helping a friend illegally obtain $70 million in city contracts and using “over $840,000 cash, derived from the extortion/bribery/fraud conspiracy” for personal expenses. There’s no question Kilpatrick broke the law, disgraced his office,… Read more »

October 11, 2013

US District Judge Gleeson Assails Use of Mandatory Minimums to Force Pleas

(Sentencing Law and Policy) — Regular readers have of late become familiar with the remarkable series of opinions being issued by US District Judge John Gleeson in which he forcefully expresses his deep concerns with how federal prosecutors can and will use mandatory minimum sentencing provisions to distort the operation of the federal criminal justice system…. Read more »

October 10, 2013

Shutdown Keeps Female Prisoners Closer to Home–For Now

(MSNBC) — The federal government shutdown has very few silver linings, particularly for women, but here’s one: the women in the federal women’s prison in Danbury, CT., are staying put, at least for now. That’s a relief to the activists and Democratic senators who have fiercely opposed the planned move of the Connecticut women’s prison to… Read more »