US Congress

Key Conservative Tells Congress: Pass Sentencing Reform

Mark Holden, General Counsel of Koch Industries, says the newest version of the long-delayed prison reform and sentencing overhaul bill, passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, will further President Trump’s campaign pledge of helping America’s “forgotten men and women”—including those behind bars.

Woman Sterilized At Judge’s Urging Before Sentencing

At the suggestion of an Oklahoma federal judge, an admitted drug user involved in a counterfeit check ring underwent a medical procedure preventing her from having more children. Summer Thyme Creel, 34, had the elective procedure after Judge Stephen Friot said he could consider it at her sentencing, which is set for Thursday,

Trump Commutes Prison Term in Iowa Bank Fraud

President Trump ended the prison time for Sholom Rubashkin, saying his 27-year term was excessive. Rubashkin had served eight years. The action was backed by three former attorneys general as well as a bipartisan group of members of Congress, ranging from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

AZ Studies Ways to Handle Phony Parole Offers

Prosecutors and defense attorneys in Arizona negotiated plea deals and judges were imposing sentences offering the possibility of eventual parole to murderers even though parole was abolished in 1993. The first problematic cases of inmates given those sentences come due in 2019.