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.
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,
Thursday is the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Henry Montgomery, 71. The decision enabled about 2,000 inmates to argue for their release after receiving mandatory life-without-parole sentences as juveniles. Montgomery still awaits a parole hearing next month in Louisiana.
E. Richard Webber, a federal judge in St. Louis, speaks out about sentencing, mass incarceration and the flaws of what he calls a justice system that sends “an endless line of African-American men to prison.”
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)
The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the U.S. Sentencing Commission using flawed studies supposedly proving that federal judges gave wildly different punishments for the same crime, ProPublica reports.
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.
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.