Persistent Racial Disparity in Federal Sentencing

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Federal courts imposed prison sentences on black men that were 19% longer than those imposed on similarly situated white men between 2011 and 2016, reports the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC). In addition, federal prison … Continued

A Light at the End of the Tunnel for Juvenile Lifers in Pennsylvania

Posted at https://medium.com/@glennEmartin/a-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-for-juvenile-lifers-in-pennsylvania-33975c63a6d7 By Glenn E. Martin, JustLeadershipUSA On Labor Day 2017, Giovanni Jerry Reid of Philadelphia was released from Graterford Prison in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He had served 26 years of a life sentence without possibility of parole, imposed … Continued

New Report Shows Why Federal Drug Mandatory Minimums Should Be Eliminated

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): A new report issued this week by the U.S. Sentencing Commission confirmed why our federal drug mandatory minimum sentencing laws should be eliminated. The results will not surprise many of you, but we wanted to … Continued

American Indian and Alaska Native Jail Count Doubles Since Late 1990s

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): The number of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) held in local jails nearly doubled from between 1999 and 2014, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics analysis covered by The Crime Report. During this … Continued

Most American Indian Tribes Have Opted Out of Death Penalty

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Nearly all American Indian tribes have rejected the option of pursuing the death penalty against their citizens for federal crimes committed on their land, reports the Associated Press. “Congress expanded the list of death-penalty eligible … Continued

One-Third of Black Men Have Felony Convictions

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): In “Growth in the U.S. Ex-Felon and Ex-Prisoner Population, 1948 to 2010,” Sarah Shannon and colleagues estimate that one-third of black men had a felony conviction in 2010—a significant increase over the past 30 years … Continued

Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act Reintroduced

From Families Against Mandatory Minimums (http://famm.org/): A powerful group of Republican and Democratic senators have come together in support of federal sentencing and prison reform. Yesterday, the group, led by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), introduced the Sentencing Reform and … Continued

For-Profit Prison Company Sued For Underpaying Immigrant Detainee Workers

Huffington Post 09/20/2017 06:56 pm ET Updated 4 days ago Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said that GEO Group should pay minimum wage to detainees who work inside its center. By Elise Foley The state of Washington sued a private prison … Continued