Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), chairman of the House committee that oversees Justice Department funding, has proposed increasing a program aimed at reducing state prison populations and recidivism that the Trump administration wanted to kill. The chairman also sought a small reduction in the FBI budget, plus increases for immigration judges and the Trump-supported Project Safe Neighborhoods program.
Former parolees in a Syracuse, N.Y. pilot program lead efforts to help individuals returning from prison adjust to civilian society and reunite with their families. It’s an uphill task that often starts with finding a place to live.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has named David Muhlhausen to head the Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry (FIRC), established last month as part of the administration’s efforts to bring down recidivism rates. Muhlhausen was appointed director of the National Institute of Justice last year.
A Texas woman on probation said she had no idea that she was breaking the law by voting, and got a five-year prison term. Critics say that restrictions on felons’ voting rights keep away eligible voters.
Under an initiative inspired by the Trump Administration’s crime crackdown, the U.S. attorney in Jackson, Ms., plans to expel convicted gun offenders outside the state. But criminologists say “Project EJECT” will complicate efforts to help returning prisoners rebuild their lives.
Three inmates whose life sentences were commuted in Washington state separately went on to commit crimes after their release. The incidents should have prodded officials to tackle the structural justice reforms that would prevent them from recurring, writes an inmate in one of the state’s correctional institutions.
A Texas judge sentenced Crystal Mason to five years in prison for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election while she was on supervised release from a fraud conviction. Mason said no one told her she was not allowed to vote.
Florida is one of four states that permanently strips the right to vote from convicted felons. A federal judge ordered Gov. Rick Scott to improve the process of restoring felon voting rights by April 26. Scott defended the current system.