Amid rising Republican criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, critics say the Justice Department has amped up the pressure by putting out information bolstering claims that the investigation is unfairly biased against President Trump.
The number of inmates on Texas’ death row dropped to 234 from a high of 460 in 1999. There are fewer new death sentences, more reduced punishments, and a drop in murders.
Doug Jones, Alabama’s senator-elect to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is a former federal prosecutor who has advocated for less-harsh sentencing and more alternatives to prison. Lauren-Brooke Eisen of the Brennan Center’s Justice Program calls Jones “a groundbreaking voice for prosecutorial reform to end mass incarceration.”
In a surprise move, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott dispatched the Texas Rangers to conduct a “detailed investigation” into growing allegations of sexual misconduct and assaults in state-run lockups for teenage lawbreakers. The inquiry is a likely prelude to significant reforms the governor wants in the agency that incarcerates 1,000 youth offenders.
An 18-month NJ Advance Media investigation found serious failures at nearly every level of New Jersey’s patchwork system of medical examiner offices. The state’s past two top medical examiners resigned in protest.