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When the Wrong Prisoners Go Free, Who’s to Blame?

Three inmates whose life sentences were commuted in Washington state separately went on to commit crimes after their release. The incidents should have prodded officials to tackle the structural justice reforms that would prevent them from recurring, writes an inmate in one of the state’s correctional institutions.

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Does the Current Bail System Penalize the Poor?

Not really, suggests the president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys. She warns that if the Obama Administration’s recent call for the abolition of fixed bail schedules were adopted, the consequences for California’s justice system would be significant.

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Can the Next President Match Obama’s Record of Clemency?

Obama promised to use executive clemency as a tool to undo harsh prison sentences that resulted from the “tough on crime” era of federal drug prosecutions. But with plea bargaining increasingly replacing trials, presidential pardons may be even rarer in the years ahead.

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Are We Facing a “Crisis” in Ex-Inmate Supervision?

Criminal justice stories have dominated the news in many communities. Yet it has gone largely unnoticed that within the next several months, thousands of inmates are expected to be released early from federal prison. The public needs to be assured that relieving the prison overcrowding crisis does not in turn create a probation supervision crisis. Probation officers safeguard communities and help offenders rebuild their lives. Without them, meaningful criminal justice reform is not just incomplete; it could be deleterious. Probation […]

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