Bill Otis, “the arch-nemesis of criminal justice reform,” is one of four people nominated by the Trump administration for vacancies on the nonpartisan U.S. Sentencing Commission. The New Republic says Otis’ nomination could upset the balance of a body tasked with using data, not politics, to set sentencing policies.
The House and Senate have been working for months on legislation to deter the flourishing online sex trade, perhaps by amending a 1990s law that gives websites and other online businesses broad legal immunity for activity of their users.
President Trump and other politicians used the Nov. 18 death of border patrol agent Rogelio Martinez as political fodder. But six weeks later, there are more questions than answers about how Martinez died.
Trump, suffering from low approval ratings, has been eager to seize the moment by engaging with the disastrous damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. But will he manage to master the delicate politics of natural disasters, which proved to be a Waterloo for the George W. Bush presidency during Hurricane Katrina?
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun an unprecedented campaign to put the stamp of the State Police on New York City, bewildering some law enforcement officials. They believe the governor is trying to expand his political footprint in the state.
Utah’s Deseret News says a Rip Van Winkle who fell asleep in 1995 might be stunned to see today’s leading GOP officials, whose predecessors never met an extreme sentence they didn’t like, speaking out against interminable prison terms.
A survey showed that nearly 80 percent of Trump supporters believed that crime had gotten worse in the U.S. since the election of President Obama in 2008. In fact, both violent and property crime declined by about a quarter from 2008 to 2015.
The Center for Public Integrity said it found an overall 20 percent increase in murder in America’s 10 biggest cities for the first six months of 2016. Nine of the 10 showed gains; New York City was the lone exception. Some wonder whether the increase springs from an increasing population of teens and young adults.
The Republican Party platform adopted this week at the party’s convention in Tampa backs mandatory prison terms for gang crimes, violent or sexual offenses against children, repeat drug dealers, rapists, robbers, and murderers, declaring that, “liberals do not understand this simple axiom: criminals behind bars cannot harm the general public.” The GOP backs the death penalty in capital murder cases, supports a national registry for convicted child murderers, and opposes parole for dangerous or repeat felons. At the same time, […]
Florida lawmakers created the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission in 1977 to police the police. But in 1999 Gov. Jeb Bush and state lawmakers began making appointments to the commission to repay police unions for their endorsements, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports in its series on bad cops. Bush put Ernie George, then the president of the Police Benevolent Association, on the 19-member panel that decides officer discipline. George is still there today, as chairman, in the one spot state […]