Feeling ‘Dirty’ About Sentencing

Retired Federal Judge Schira Scheindlin has said mandatory-minimum requirements made her feel “dirty.” Other judges have joined the chorus of justice reformers who complain rigorous sentencing guidelines are unfair. But are they addressing the wrong problem?

OK Panel Seeks Sentence Cuts to Curb Prison Growth

Faced with a rapidly growing prison population in a state with the nation’s second-highest incarceration rate, a task force created by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is calling for dramatic decreases in sentences for nonviolent drug dealers and manufacturers. Without reform, Oklahoma is on pace to add 7,218 inmates over 10 years, requiring three new prisons and costing an additional $1.9 billion.