Louisiana Rep. Sherman Mack, chair of the House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice, wants to amend pending criminal justice reform bills to make them not apply to current prisoners and to drop proposals to shorten sentences for first-time prisoners convicted of violent offenses.
Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions succeeded in stalling the sentencing reform movement while serving in the U.S. Senate, “it could be very hard for advocates to regain their footing while he is the nation’s chief law enforcement official,” reports the New York Times.
Mandatory minimum sentences fell sharply under ea policy of Attorney General Eric Holder that new AG Jeff Sessions has abandoned. Yet fewer defendants cooperated by providing information on other criminals.
The state legislature enacted a mandatory minimum sentence in 2011, but most defendants in sex-trafficking cases are getting the minimum sentence or less, with three being put on probation, the Boston Herald finds.
James Forman Jr., a Yale law professor and former public defender in Washington, D.C., explores the culpability of black politicians, criminal justice officials, clergy members, activists and others in creating mass incarceration. His book is “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.”
Thousands of federal inmates could seek reductions in their sentences under a Supreme Court ruling this week that a sentence for a South Dakota armed robber may have been two long, says Ohio State University law Prof. Douglas
For more than two decades, Arizona prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges have been cutting plea deals and meting out a sentence that was abolished in 1993: Life with a chance of parole after 25 or 35 years, reports the Arizona Republic.