“People are being shot every single day in Baltimore City,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. “This is an urgent crisis, and we have an obligation to do something about it right now.” Democrats criticized Hogan’s proposed solutions and offered a plan of their own.
The Appeal has tracked state-level criminal justice reforms throughout 2019. Its maps of what happened where show a host of measures, some that passed, some that didn’t, and an overall active but uneven year.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office dropped all other charges against the celebrity rapper, closing the books on a years-long process in which Mill was incarcerated for probation violations, freed early amid widespread outcry, and then became a high-profile and outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform.
A new research and advocacy organization is making its public debut Tuesday with a blue-ribbon cast of prominent officials and advocates on a mission to study and propose politically feasible, bipartisan reforms.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is seeking changes that weren’t included in the latest version of the bill. Opponents will try to exclude some inmates from qualifying for reduced sentences. Democrats may abandon the bill if that amendment prevails.
Criminal-justice reform advocates barely had time to celebrate the president’s endorsement of a new bipartisan sentencing and prison bill before clouds formed over their reverie, in the form of growing opposition and a growing realization of the bill’s limited impact.
Even with President Trump now on board in a bipartisan push to overhaul federal prison and sentencing laws, proponents face a number of remaining hurdles to pass the legislation before a new divided Congress convenes in January.
After a critical meeting on Tuesday, conflicting reports emerge over whether President Trump will firmly back a more ambitious federal sentencing bill in the Senate instead of just the House version focused on prisoner re-entry reforms.
Many prosecutors have made the end of mass incarceration and other justice reforms a focus of their election or re-election campaigns, That’s welcome news, says the director of John Jay’s Institute for Innovations in Prosecution–and long overdue. But it should galvanize support for a broader approach to change.