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"This man’s imprisonment shows why California’s ‘special circumstances’ rule must change, reformers say," by Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2022
"Inmates sue prison system over solitary confinement policies," Associated Press, July 28, 2022
"SCOTUS Clarifies ‘Crimes of Violence’ for Sentencing in Gun Cases," by Daniel Suleiman, Bloomberg Law, July 11, 2022
"Solitary confinement should be abolished in American prisons, jails," by Sal Rodriguez, Los Angeles Daily News, July 04, 2022
"Supreme Court rules for inmates seeking reduced prison terms," Associated Press, June 27, 2022
"Divided court rejects death-row prisoner’s attempt to gather neurological evidence," by Mridula Raman, SCOTUSblog, June 21, 2022
"Sentencing guideline for young offenders not retroactive, N.J. Supreme Court rules," by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor, June 16, 2022
"Proposed legislation would ban most solitary confinement at Rikers," by Samantha Max, Gothamist, June 16, 2022
"Inventing Solitary," by Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 08, 2022
"New law will increase prison sentences," by Adam Tamburin, Axios, June 07, 2022
"Opinion: Bipartisan drug sentencing reform isn’t a pipe dream," by Marc Levin, The Hill, June 05, 2022
"Truck driver sentenced to 110 years shows hazards of prosecutors manipulating trial system," by Martín Antonio Sabelli, USA Today, January 19, 2022
"His Clients Were Acquitted of Murder. Why Did They Get Life Sentences?," by Paul Kix, The Atlantic, May 27, 2022
"Commentary: Debunking the pervasive myths that have blocked sentencing reform in Arizona," by Sgt. Terry Blevins, AZ Mirror, May 19, 2022
"Connecticut will begin to limit the use of solitary confinement in prisons," by Molly Ingram, WSHU, May 11, 2022