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Supreme Court Rules that Juveniles Must Have Chance to Challenge Life Sentences

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in the case of Montgomery v. Louisiana that anyone sentenced to life imprisonment for murder as a juvenile must have a chance to argue for parole. In a 6-to-3 decision, the Court held that its 2012 ruling in Miller v. Alabama—which banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles—must be applied retroactively. … Read More

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House Judiciary Committee Advances Second Chance Reauthorization Act

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved by voice vote the bipartisan Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 3406), a bill introduced by Reps. James Sensenbrenner, R. Wisc., and Danny Davis, D. Ill., to reauthorize the Second Chance Act. The Second Chance Act, originally introduced in 2007 and signed into law by President George … Read More

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President Obama Commutes 95 Sentences, Grants Two Pardons

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

On December 18, President Obama commuted the sentences of 95 individuals and granted pardons to two, marking the highest number of commutations he has granted at one time and more than doubling his total since taking office. Obama has now granted 184 commutations, which is more than the last five presidents combined. “I am granting … Read More

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Prison Phone Rate Reforms an Important Part of Administration’s Re-entry Efforts

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The White House on Monday unveiled new measures to ease the re-entry process for formerly incarcerated people, an announcement that marks a continuation of the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce incarceration’s collateral effects. One of those efforts is the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent vote on a proposal to cap exorbitant prison calling rates and … Read More

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Obama Takes Important Step Toward Opening Employment Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated People

Monday, November 2, 2015

In Newark, N.J., on Monday, President Obama announced a series of measures designed to help the re-entry process for formerly incarcerated people. One of the measures, which will open up federal employment opportunities, involves Obama directing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to explore modifying its rules to delay criminal history inquiries until later in … Read More

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