In a bracing analysis of the country’s third largest state prison system, the Crime and Justice Institute identified serious disparities in sentencing policy, and called for a major overhaul to bring Florida into alignment “with current research on public safety and recidivism reduction.”
A study by two Penn State University professors found that Hispanic non-citizens—including both green card holders and undocumented—received on average heavier sentences from federal courts in districts that became major new destinations for Latinx immigration after 2000.
Long sentences for violent crimes will continue to fuel mass incarceration unless legislators begin developing “more effective, fiscally sound, and morally just responses” to violence, says The Sentencing Project in a new report.
Questions about former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s sentence prompted a new study that found stark disparities in prison terms handed down by federal judges that ranged, in over half the nation’s 155 federal courthouses, from 23 months to as much as four years or more.
The high court said Monday it would decide whether Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the snipers who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region 16 years ago, may challenge his sentence of life in prison without parole. Malvo and John Allen Muhammad, who was executed, killed 10 people.
Michigan’s oldest juvenile lifer walked out of prison Thursday after 56 years, one of 82 people released in the state under Supreme Court rulings requiring resentencing in cases where crimes committed as a minor were punished with automatic life-without-parole sentences.