When our system goes too far, we all pay the cost for housing people longer than they should be incarcerated.
mandatory minimum sentences
In December, President Obama used his presidential pardon power to shorten the discriminatory sentences of 8 drug offenders. On Thursday, the Justice Department said they want to commute a lot more.
President Obama said that each of the eight men and women were sentenced under an unfair system that included unjust mandatory sentencing.
Vermont Chief Justice Paul Reiber has become vocal in his opposition to the War on Drugs. He said, “This is happening in numbers that’s alarming to me, and I think I have an obligation to defend the judiciary.”
On Friday, ALEC came forward with its support for shorter prison sentences for low-level offenders, likely hoping to change its image.
Reforming mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders.
The report comes as Congress, the Department of Justice and others consider rolling back harsh statutory minimum punishments that have filled federal prisons, acknowledging that harsh prison sentences do not equal improvements in public safety.
For those who have been charged with a crime but not yet been convicted or pleaded guilty, US Attorney General Eric Holder asked prosecutors to revoke a charge that carries a mandatory minimum sentence.
Excessive sentences, aka “bonus justice” is the rich soil in which for-profit detention has taken root.
In unveiling the new “smart on crime” initiative, US Attorney General Eric Holder skipped mention of the sweeping power the president has to shorten or forgive a federal prisoner’s sentence.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to consider its own major reform to its guidelines.
Wednesday, the world’s largest association for correctional officers became the latest unlikely proponent of criminal justice reform.
Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system.