VA Parole Change Could Release 200 From Prison

The Virginia parole board is changing how it interprets the state’s three-strikes law in a way that could free hundreds of inmates – many of them nonviolent – who are serving terms significantly longer than the typical first-degree murderer. The announcement was made after the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reported that a high percentage of three-strikes inmates have served two to three decades in prison for crimes in which no one was injured.

High Court More Than Doubles Oscar Pistorius Sentence

In the case of the Olympic athlete’s murder of his girlfriend, South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeals says “the sentence of six years’ imprisonment is shockingly lenient to a point where it has the effect of trivialising this serious offence.” Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

LA Sheriff Complains About Release of ‘Good’ Inmates

Caddo Parish, La., Sheriff Steve Prator is angry about the new Louisiana sentencing and parole laws going into effect on Nov. 1. Prator appears worried about their effect on the bottom line of his office. “In addition to the bad ones … they are releasing some good ones that we use every day to wash cars, to change the oil in our cars, to cook in the kitchen — to do all that where we save money,” he said.

Grassley, Durbin Reintroduce Sentencing Reform

Senators reintroduce proposal to “recalibrate” prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and target violent and career criminals.  The legislation would allow more judicial discretion at sentencing for offenders with minimal criminal histories and help inmates successfully reenter society, while tightening penalties for violent criminals and preserving key prosecutorial tools.