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Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] US Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates on Monday voiced the Obama's administration's support [press release] for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 [S 2123]. The bipartisan legislation would reduce the prison sentences of some nonviolent drug offenders whose sentences have overwhelmed the criminal justice system's correctional … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile], speaking at the NAACP Annual Convention [official website] on Tuesday, urged Congress to reform [press release] the criminal justice system by enacting legislation that would enforce criminal laws fairly and reduce disparities. Obama is also calling for sentencing reform, changes to the juvenile … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Frakt of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the continuing military detention of persons who have been cleared for release is an unjustifiable consequence of the political aspects of the war on terror...On September 11, 2012, as the nation remembered those who lost … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Jill Levenson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Lynn University, says that sex offender residency restrictions often do little to prevent repeat offenses because they are based on stereotypical notions of recidivism among sex offenders...Recently, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that a policy … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday passed a bill [HR 5143 materials] that would create a bipartisan commission [press release] charged with reviewing the US criminal justice system. The commission would also propose reforms and promote the reduction and prevention of violence and crime. According to … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A senior Saudi official said Saturday that 25 former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have rejoined Islamic extremist groups after going through a rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia aimed at decreasing religious radicalism within the country. Abdulrahman al-Hadlaq, a top Saudi security expert, spoke generally about the government's … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a person convicted under state law for simple drug possession, a federal law misdemeanor, has not been "convicted" of an "aggravated felony" for immigration removal … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in two cases. In Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether a person convicted under state law for simple drug possession (a federal … [read more]

Professional Commentary
12 Mar 2010

Deborah Fleischaker [Director of State Legislative Affairs, Families Against Mandatory Minimums]: "Last week, John Gramlich of the indispensable news site, stateline.org, reported on the political fallout in several states where policymakers have employed early prison release programs to combat overcrowded prisons and rising budget deficits. Several cash-strapped states from Florida … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] An official from the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] said Wednesday that about one in five detainees freed from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] have returned to terrorist activities, according to a new Pentagon report. The report, which remains classified, shows an … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Dec 2009

Dawn Koepke [Legislative Advocate, Crime Victims United of California]: "After months of debate, the legislature approved a watered-down version of the Corrections budget package aimed at addressing the $1.2 billion unallocated cut to the Department of Corrections provided in the July budget package. The highly controversial provisions that included instituting … [read more]

Legal News
27 May 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The Pentagon said Tuesday that it has evidence that confirms that 27 released Guantanamo Bay detainees [fact sheet, PDF] have engaged in combat or terrorism against the US. The evidence, implicating five percent of ex-detainees, includes "fingerprints, DNA, and reliable, verified, or well-corroborated intelligence reporting." The five percent who … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2009
by Adrienne Lester

[JURIST] One in 31 US adults are on probation, in prison, or on parole, according to a report [text; press release] released Monday by the Pew Center on the States [advocacy website]. The report found that men are five times more likely than women to be under correctional control, although … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] said Monday that the US will not change its policy on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] detainees to Saudi Arabia, despite reports that two former prisoners have joined al Qaeda in Yemen. A US counterterrorism … [read more]

Legal News
2 Aug 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The US military said Saturday that it has released over 10,000 Iraqi detainees [JURIST news archive] this past year. Gen. David H. Petraeus [official profile] was quoted by AP as saying the releases are part of a program to prepare detainees for re-integration into society. Petraeus also said the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 Feb 2008

Judith Sutherland [researcher, Human Rights Watch Europe and Central Asia Division]: "On February 7, 2008, the French parliament enacted a law allowing for the continued detention of offenders who have already completed their prison sentences, purportedly to prevent them re-offending. The law empowers a commission of three judges to impose … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] US Senate Democrats announced their continued support Tuesday for a US Sentencing Commission [official website] decision to give retroactive effect [JURIST report] to sentencing guidelines that would narrow the disparity between sentences for offenses involving powder and crack cocaine, rejecting Department of Justice arguments against the retroactivity because the … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] A French bill aimed at reducing violent crimes committed by repeat offenders violates international fair trial standards [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday. The proposed law, sponsored by the administration of French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; BBC profile], would allow three judges to decide whether a … [read more]

Professional Commentary
10 Dec 2007

Mark Earley [President, Prison Fellowship; former Virginia Attorney General]: "The Eighth Circuit recently clarified the law surrounding government funding for faith-based services that address America's intractable social problems. Americans United for Separation of Church and State had challenged the state of Iowa's establishment of a voluntary faith-based pre-release program for … [read more]

Legal News
30 Nov 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] All convicted federal felons must provide DNA samples to a federal database available to police departments throughout the country, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday. Judge Margaret McKeown, writing for the majority, upheld a 2004 amendment [summary] to … [read more]

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