The case of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner got national attention when he was sentenced to six months in custody for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Now, he is appealing the conviction in the hope of overturning lifetime registration as a sex offender.
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.
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.
Judge weighing the penalty for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who left his Afghanistan post and was captured by the Taliban, will consider President Trump’s comment on the camapign trial that Bergdahl is a traitor and that he should be executed or returned to the Taliban.
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.
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.
With the end of mandatory minimum sentences for repeat drug dealers in Maryland on Sunday, hundreds of prisoners may ask judges to shorten their terms. Nearly 500 people incarcerated around the state may seek sentence reductions under the Justice Reinvestment Act,
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will reintroduce the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. The two-year-old proposal failed to make it through Congress last year, and the Trump administration may oppose it.