At Least 17 States Adopted Reforms on Prisoners Last Year

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Last year, at least 17 states adopted reforms targeted at reducing prison populations and addressing collateral consequences for persons with criminal convictions, says a new summary from The Sentencing Project. Among changes adopted around the nation last year were California’s expansion of parole eligibility, Florida’s elimination of some mandatory minimum sentences, and Delaware’s scaling back of a “three strikes and you’re out” sentencing law.

The summary includes changes made by states in juvenile justice laws. It says nineteen states have banned life sentences without the possibility of parole for juvenile defendants, and Louisiana and South Carolina last year raised the age of criminal responsibility for juvenile defendants.

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