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By Douglas A. Berman
As detailed in this local article, headlined "California Assembly passes prison-cut plan less sweeping than Senate's," the drama surrounding prison and sentencing reform in California continues apace. Here are some of the details of the latest news:
The California Assembly narrowly passed legislation Monday to alter the state's parole system and cut hundreds of millions from prison spending this year, but the plan may be doomed.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has vowed to withhold
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US Sentencing Commission 15 Year Assessment of Guidelines Sentencing
The US Sentencing Commission has issued its 15 year review of the sentencing guidelines: Fifteen Years of Guidelines Sentencing: An Assessment of How Well the Federal Criminal Justice System Is Achieving the Goals of Sentencing Reform...
Commission on Sentencing Reform Recommends New York Drug Law Reform
Source: Crime and Justice News, February 4, 2009.
"A state commission has recommended changing New York's drug laws to emphasize addiction treatment for low-level offenders and reserve long prison terms for high-risk criminals, although some lawmakers don't think the suggested reforms went far enough, according to the Associated Press...
MA: "Reform is Needed" letter by Barbara Dougan of FAMM
Letters to the Editor - The Boston Globe Reform is needed November 23, 2008 "PRISON TO double-bunk inmates" highlights the urgent need for sentencing reform in Massachusetts. Our prisons are bursting, due in large part to costly and inflexible mandatory...
MA: Editorial: Reform sentencing to save money, reduce crime
Editorial: Reform sentencing to save money, reduce crime GateHouse News Service Posted May 08, 2009 The case for reforming criminal sentencing in Massachusetts has been evident for years...
Editorial NY Times: California Is Failing the Prison Test
Editorial California Is Failing the Prison Test Published: August 26, 2009- NY Times The California Legislature has failed several times to change backward sentencing and parole policies that keep the state?s prisons dangerously overcrowded with too many minor offenders sent...
California inmate healthcare needs $7 billion reform: prison receiver
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[JURIST] California prisons [JURIST news archive] need an influx of $7 billion to bring inmate healthcare up to constitutional standards, said court-appointed prison medical overseer J...