Sentencing News

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August 12, 2013

US to Reform Mandatory Drug Sentencing

(Voice of America — Molly Gill interviewed) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a major shift in how the federal government plans to prosecute nonviolent criminals involved in drug crimes, with the aim of easing overcrowding in the nation’s prisons.   Holder outlined several policy changes in a speech to the American Bar… Read more »

August 7, 2013

Untying the Hands of Justice

What duty do people of faith have to prisoners? FAMM’s Molly Gill explores this question in her excellent piece in Sojourners magazine. Here’s an excerpt: People who break the law deserve punishment, but the Bible limits it: It’s an eye for an eye, not a leg for an eye or a life for an eye…. Read more »

August 7, 2013

Rand Paul: Drug war targets minorities

The justice system is stacked against minorities, even though white people use drugs just as often.  Speaking at Howard University in April, I argued that big government is no friend to black Americans. The New York Times article earlier this month “Blacks Are Singled Out for Marijuana Arrests, Federal Data Suggests” reminded me how true… Read more »

August 6, 2013

Conservative group advocates sentencing reform

(The Daily Caller – Greg Newburn quoted) — A major conservative policy organization has endorsed criminal justice reform, lending further bipartisan support to a bill in Congress that would lessen mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent offenses. The American Legislative Exchange Council, a free-market advocacy group that works with legislators and businesses to craft model legislation, gave… Read more »

August 6, 2013

Reversing Course, ALEC Supports Reform Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

(ThinkProgress – Greg Newburn quoted) — The American Legislative Exchange Council was a driving force behind moves to impose tougher sentences and inflate the U.S. prison population. But on Monday, the conservative, corporate-backed group adopted model legislation that would reform draconian mandatory minimum prison sentences, according to Families Against Mandatory Minimums, which sponsored the legislation. Read more

August 5, 2013

FAMM Hails ALEC Endorsement of Sentencing Reform; Says Sentencing Valve Proposal Improves Public Safety, Save Money

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today praised the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization comprising conservative state lawmakers from around the country, for approving model legislation to reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The model bill, known as Justice Safety Valve Act, would authorize judges to depart from a minimum sentence in certain… Read more »

August 5, 2013

Nonviolent offenders obeyed state laws, went to jail anyway

(The Daily Caller – Molly Gill quoted) — Sharanda Jones never considered herself a criminal mastermind. Her job was just buying the cocaine powder; other members of the organization rendered it into crack cocaine and sold it. Jones owned a gun — for self-protection — but never used it. And yet Jones, a nonviolent drug purchaser, is… Read more »