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Sentencing Reform News Archive

"Halfway Houses Prove Lucrative to Those at Top," by Sam Dolnick, The New York Times, December 29, 2012.

"Editorial: Keeping Parolees Out of Prison," The New York Times, December 28, 2012.

"Alabama to End Isolation of Inmates With H.I.V.," by Robbie Brown, The New York Times, December 21, 2012.

"Posner Advises Judges to Consider Cost of Imprisoning Elderly When Imposing a 'Superlong Sentence'," by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, December 20, 2012.

"The Problem with the All-or-Nothing Approach to Incarceration," by Reihan Salam, National Review Online, December 19, 2012.

"Room for Debate: Prison Could be Productive," The New York Times, December 18, 2012.

"Letters: Life Sentences for Low-Level Crimes," The New York Times, December 16, 2012.

"Federal prisoners use snitching for personal gain," USA Today, December 14, 2012.

"Editorial: The Cost of Solitary Confinement," The New York Times, December 13, 2012.

"Prison rape: Is the US doing enough to protect inmates?," by Linda Pressly, BBC News, December 13, 2012.

"A Halway House Built on Exaggerated Claims," by Sam Dolnick, The New York Times, December 12, 2012.

"Life Without Parole: Four Inmates' Stories," by John Tierney, The New York Times, December 12, 2012.

"In Freedom, Ex-Felon Becomes Probation Counselor," Julie Bierach, NPR, December 11, 2012.

"For Lesser Crimes, Rethinking Life Behind Bars," by John Tierney, The New York Times, December 11, 2012.

"Officials Announce Pact on Jail in Louisiana," by Campbell Roberston, The New York Times, December 11, 2012.

"Editorial: What Compassionate Release?," The New York Times, December 8, 2012.

"New York State Is Sued Over Use of Isolation in Its Prisons," by Mosi Secret, The New York Times, December 6, 2012.

"North Carolina: Warden and Guard Suspended," by Robbie Brown, The New York Times, December 4, 2012.

"Stupid and Unjust: The Highway Robbery of Prison Phone Rates," by Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic, December 4, 2012.

"Federal 'Compassionate' Prison Release Rarely Given," by Carrie Johnson, NPR, November 29, 2012.

"Federal prisons urged to grant more early releases," by David Crary, Associated Press, November 29, 2012.

"Fewer Americans Behind Bars, BJS Reports," by Ted Gest, The Crime Report, November 29, 2012.

"Supreme Court conflicted over fixing mistake," by Robert Barnes, The Washington Post, November 28, 2012.

"Editorial: A Needless Charge for Prison Families," The New York Times, November 27, 2012.

"Virginia weighs ban on some restraints for pregnant inmates," by Errin Haines, The Washington Post, November 25, 2012.

"Inmate shares prison survival strategies," by Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, November 24, 2012.

"City Agrees to Pay $850,000 to End Suit Over Inmate's 2004 Beating Death," by Benjamin Weiser, The New York Times, November 23, 2012.

"Tought Turkey: People Have A Harder Time Getting Pardons Under Obama," by Ari Shapiro, NPR, November 20, 2012.

"Democrats in Trenton Push New Halfway-House Rules," by Sam Dolnick, The New York Times, November 20, 2012.

"Criminal Justice Reform-on the Right," by Jesse Walker, Reason, November 15, 2012.

"Editorial: The Burden of Proof in Conspiracy," The New York Times, November 12, 2012.

"Editorial: How to Cut Prison Costs," The New York Times, November 10, 2012.

"Editorial: Three Strikes Made Fairer," The New York Times, November 9, 2012.

"The Conservative War on Prisons," by David Dagan and Steven M. Teles, Washington Monthly, November/December 2012.

"A Third of Three-Strikes Inmates in California Could Benefit from Vote to Ease Law," by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, November 8, 2012.

"Softer 3-strikes law has defense lawyers preparing case reviews," by Jack Leonard and Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, November 8, 2012.

"Proposition 36 on three strikes law passes, AP says," Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2012.

"Mandatory sentences rejected," by Karen McCowan, The Register-Guard, October 31, 2012.

"U.S. Jails More People Than Any Other Country: Chart of the Day," by Max Raskin and Ilan Kolet, Bloomberg, October 15, 2012.

"Insight: California may set new trend with 'three strikes' reform," by Peter Henderson, Reuters, October 13, 2012.

"Prison Break: Budget Crises Drive Reform, But Private Jails Press On," by Terry Carter, ABA Journal, October 12, 2012.

"Programs Keep Inmates From Returning To Prison," NPR, October 10, 2012.

"Baltimore man, imprisoned for bullets found in antique gun, fights case on appeal," by Mike Scarcella, The National Law Review, October 9, 2012.

"Another revolution on sentencing?" by Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog, October 5, 2012.

"Editorial: Cutting the risks for defendants who plea bargain," The Washington Post, October 3, 2012.

"Letter: Federal Prosecutors, Guilty Pleas and Fair Outcomes," The Wall Street Journal, Octobre 3, 2012.

"Unlock The Box: The Fight Against Solitary Confinement in New York," by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway, The Nation, October 2, 2012.

"Federal Guilty Pleas Soar As Bargains Trump Trials," by Gary Fields, The Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2012.

"Editorial: Costly Phone Calls for Inmates," The New York Times, September 23, 2012.

"Feds in Supermax Lawsuit: Suicidal Prisoner? What Suicidal Prisoner?" by Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic, September 23, 2012.

"Third Try at Shrinking the Strike Zone Likely to Succeed," by Cheryl Miller, The Recorder, September 21, 2012.

"R. Allen Stanford gets 110 years; victims representative calls Stanford a dirty, rotten scoundrel," Texas Lawyer, June 14, 2012.

"With California de-incarcerating, Texas leads states with most prisoners," Grits for Breakfast, June 14, 2012.

"Sensible Sentences for Nonviolent Offenders," The New York Times, June 14, 2012.

"Child porn viewers share guilt of creators, purveyors," The News Tribune, May 2, 2012.

"Debate rages over severity of child-porn sentences," The Associated Press, April 29, 2012.

"In Rush To Punish, Are We Missing Something?," NPR, April 25, 2012.

"Abiding by the Fair Sentencing Act," The New York Times, April 18, 2012.

"Taxpayers should demand cost-effective crime policies," The Hill, April 17, 2012.

"Unjust crack penalties continue to plague defendants," The Washington Post, April 17, 2012.

"US Sentencing Commission Proposes New Guidelines, Many in Response to Dodd-Frank," ABA Journal, April 16, 2012.

"Liberal Academic, Tea Party Leader Rethinking Crime Policy," The Daily Beast, April 16, 2012.

"Longer Sentences Sought for Insider Trading," The Wall Street Journal, April 15, 2012.

"Dementia Behind Bars," The New York Times, March 25, 2012.

"Notable FPD fact sheet says "TRAC Analysis of Variations in Sentencing Misses the Mark," Sentencing Law and Policy, March 23, 2012.

"Disparities in Sentencing," The New York Times, March 15, 2012.

"Jury Foreman Is Fined $500 for Online Sentencing Research; Judge Calls for Revised Model Instruction," ABA Journal, March 13, 2012.

"Canada passes controversial crime bill," UPI, March 13, 2012.

"Prisons Develop Programs For Aging Population," NPR, March 7, 2012.

"Private purchasing of prisons locks in occupancy rates," USA Today, March 1, 2012.

"From 'Collateral' to 'Integral': The Seismic Evolution of Padilla v. Kentucky and Its Impact on Penalties Beyond Deportation," Sentencing Law and Policy, February 28, 2012.

"Sweeping criminal justice changes proposed," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 27, 2012.

"Rand Paul Fights the Unwarranted Federalization of Drug Crimes," Conservative HQ, February 28, 2012.

"Don’t throw away the key," The Washington Post, February 20, 2012.

"Our Aging Prison Population: Should Criminals Die Free?" The Atlantic, February 15, 2012.

"Mandatory minimum laws can mean grossly disparate sentences for gun crimes," Philly.com, February 7, 2012.

"GOP Seeks Big Changes In Federal Prison Sentences," NPR, January 31, 2012.

"The Caging of America," The New Yorker, January 30, 2012.

"Prison dilemma: surging numbers of older inmates," The Associated Press, January 27, 2012. 

"Georgia rethinks its prison stance," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 3, 2011.

"Getting Prison Numbers Down—For Good," The Crime Report, January 1, 2011.

"The Ten Most Significant Criminal Justice Stories of 2011," The Crime Report, December 26, 2011.

"A Blue-Ribbon Indictment," The New York Times, November 13, 2011.

"U.S. Sentencing Commission issues first study in 20 years on mandatory minimums," The National Law Journal, October 31, 2011.

"Report to Congress: Mandatory Minimum Penalties in the Federal Criminal Justice System," United States Sentencing Commission, October, 2011.

"State budget crises push sentencing reforms," Associated Press, April 2, 2011.

"Mandatory Sentences and Myths of Equal Justice," The Atlantic, December 22, 2010.


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