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.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked President Trump to nominate Henry Hudson, a federal judge and tough-on-crime ex-prosecutor once nicknamed “Hang ’Um High,” for a slot on the seven-member U.S. Sentencing Commission.
A recent California Supreme Court ruling turned down an appeal by inmates who claimed the state’s reforms to the three-strike laws under Proposition 47 entitled them to reduced sentences. The president of the LA Deputy DA’s association argues that was a needed corrective to a prisoner realignment strategy that was oversold to the public.
The use of federal criminal charges that carry a mandatory minimum prison term has dropped since 2011, reports the U.S. Sentencing Commission. That is likely to change under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that under the Obama administration, “sentences went down and crime went up.” Studies have found that harsher punishments and the higher incarceration rates they lead to don’t have a big impact on crime.