Criminal Justice

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Sentencing Commission: Reduced Drug Sentencing Guidelines Apply Retroactively

Friday, July 18, 2014

In a decision released on Friday, the United States Sentencing Commission applied its April drug amendment – a comprehensive two-level reduction in guidelines sentencing for defendants in drug trafficking cases – retroactively without limitation, meaning that many offenders currently in prison could be eligible for reduced sentences beginning November 2015. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick … Read More

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New Prison Phone Rate Caps Take Effect

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission’s​ (FCC) long-awaited cap on interstate prison phone rates took effect on February 11.  After more than a decade of advocacy by civil rights organizations and affected individuals, the FCC voted last year to reform predatory prison phone rates. Under the new rule, interstate collect calls are capped at 25 cents-per-minute and pre-paid or debit card calls at … Read More

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Convening Highlights Bipartisan Support for Significant Criminal Justice Reform

Thursday, February 13, 2014

At an event Tuesday co-sponsored by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Vera Institute of Justice titled “A Conversation on Criminal Justice: A Call to Action for the Nation,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, bipartisan members of Congress, and a panel of experts led a discussion on current criminal justice reform opportunities in Congress … Read More

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Senate Committee Advances Significant Criminal Justice Reform

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014, legislation introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin, D. Ill., and Mike Lee, R. Utah, that would begin to stem the tide of persons incarcerated for long drug sentences and reduce the associated costs of incarceration. “This legislation has clear bipartisan momentum … Read More

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Bipartisan Legislators Introduce Second Chance Reauthorization Act

Thursday, November 21, 2013

With more than two million people behind bars in the United States, Blacks incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of Whites, and 95 percent of the formerly incarcerated reentering their communities, civil rights advocates say our nation’s criminal justice system is in serious need of reform. Members of Congress as well as advocates who … Read More

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