June 5, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that former governor Jennifer Granholm overstepped her constitutional bounds when she withdrew her commutation of man's life prison sentence. Matthew Makowski was convicted of first-degree felony murder in 1989 for the stabbing of a 19-year-old man and was ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The California Attorney General's Office on Thursday appealed a federal judge's decision striking down two sentencing laws. Judge Lawrence Karlton held that the laws were unconstitutional because they affected the punishment for crimes committed before the laws were enacted. Marsy's Law, ...[read more]
March 3, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled Friday that two state laws are unconstitutional because they alter the sentences of crimes that were committed before the laws came into effect. Marsy's Law, otherwise known as the "Victims' Bill of Rights," was passed ...[read more]
November 17, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday announced that media entities and other would-be observers will not be allowed to sit in on the first session of the Periodic Review Board (PRB), a parole-style hearing process for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. In 2011 US President Barack Obama ...[read more]
November 16, 2013
by Julie Deisher
President Barack Obama issued a memorandum on Friday giving US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) the authority to "parole in place" the children, spouses and parents of active duty members of the armed forces, the selected reserve of the ready reserve and former members thereof. The ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published a study on Wednesday finding that 3,278 Americans are currently serving life sentences without parole for nonviolent offenses. The study, entitled "A Living Death: Life without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses," explains the racial and gender ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday sentenced Somali pirate Ahmed Muse Salad to life in prison without parole for his involvement in the deaths of four Americans off the coast of Africa. Salad was among the 19 men who boarded and hijacked a yacht, ...[read more]
October 31, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that juvenile murderers who were subject to mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole will not be resentenced if their cases were final before June 2012. The US Supreme Court ruled last year in Miller v. Alabama that the Eighth ...[read more]
August 24, 2013
by Blake Lynch
A jury of six military personnel on Friday ruled Staff Sergeant Robert Bales would receive life in prison without parole for killing 16 Afghan civilians. The panel deliberated for less than two hours. The commanding general overseeing the court-martial still has the option to reduce the sentence ...[read more]
July 27, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 27, 2011, a Russian court denied parole for former Yukos oil executive Platon Lebedev. Lebedev, along with his former business partner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was convicted on charges related to embezzling more than $27 billion from Yukos oil. In addition to related convictions, the pair ...[read more]

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