Sentencing News

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November 10, 2013

Florida: Altered Warning Shot Bill Gaining Traction

( News Service) — A measure that would grant immunity to people who show guns or fire warning shots in self-defense is moving in the Florida House after an overhaul that could make it more palatable to potential foes.  The so-called “warning-shot” bill, HB 89 by Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, has a new name… Read more »

November 8, 2013

Sentencing Reform Needs Further Reform by Federal Prosecutors

(Andrew Cohen, Brennan Center for Justice) — When Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels came to Capitol Hill Wednesday morning for an “oversight” hearing about the nation’s overcrowded prisons it seemed the primary topic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wanted to discuss with him was Congress’ renewed (and very much welcome) interest in reforming the nation’s… Read more »

November 7, 2013

Leahy Vows Action This Year on Sentencing Overhaul

(CQ NEWS) — Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., said Wednesday that he will push for action on a proposed bipartisan overhaul of criminal sentencing laws before the end of the year. “I’m committed to addressing sentencing reform this year, and I’m pleased by the fact that both Republicans and Democrats are joining in that effort,”… Read more »

November 6, 2013

Holder Touts Benefits of Changes in Mandatory Minimum Sentences

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder visited a federal court program for former criminal offenders to highlight the Justice Department efforts to change mandatory minimum sentences and other rigid federal rules. Holder sat in court Tuesday as a group of men who have been released from prison in the past few months gave reports on efforts… Read more »

November 5, 2013

Kerik’s Fall from Enforcer to Drug War Critic

(SFGate, Debra Saunders) — Former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik handed “Today” show host Matt Lauer a nickel. Kerik knows a few things about money and crime. After President George W. Bush nominated him to be homeland security chief, the 9/11 hero lied to federal investigators. Instead of joining the Bush Cabinet, Kerik pleaded guilty to two counts of tax… Read more »

November 4, 2013

Use of Tough Federal Sentencing Laws Varies Widely Nationwide

(Los Angeles Times) —  As drug dealers go, Lori Ann Newhouse was strictly small time. A high school dropout from a little Iowa town, Newhouse had three sons, a low-paying job as a telemarketer and a relentless methamphetamine habit. On St. Patrick’s Day in 2011, Newhouse bought cold tablets used to make meth and traded them to a lab for… Read more »