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Early Release Idea Approved for Federal Inmates

Early Release Idea Approved for Federal Inmates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted on July 18 that would dramatically reduce the nation’s prison population over time. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year voted to substantially lower recommended sentences for drug-dealing felons, [...]
Illinois’ Clean Slate Act Helps Young People Clear Records  Young people arrested for a minor offense might not realize that their criminal record can affect them as adults. It can be a barrier to gaining higher education, housing and jobs.  For youth in Illinois, that barrier will be lifted on Jan. 1, 2015 when the state’s Clean Slate Act goes into effect and [...]
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Domestic Violence Protection Bill Defeated in Louisiana  Louisiana state lawmakers on Thursday rejected a bill that supporters said would have offered much-needed housing protection to people who have experienced domestic violence.  The state House of Representatives defeated Senate Bill 233 by a vote of 34-63, according to the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, which joined more than 40 community [...]
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Judge: Thousands in Calif. Can Again Vote in Elections  Tens of thousands of people in California have regained their right to cast ballots following a Wednesday ruling that Secretary of State Debra Bowen had improperly disenfranchised them two years ago, the ACLU of Northern California reported.  Bowen had issued instructions to election officials in December 2011 that individuals on Post Release Community Supervision [...]
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Cornealious “Mike” Anderson and Mandatory SentencesThe story of Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, the convicted Missouri man who, because of a state Department of Corrections error, lived free for the 13 years of his prescribed prison sentence, sparked a national debate: Should a rehabilitated man be sent to prison? As Anderson awaited a judge’s decision about his fate, some argued he must [...]
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Lawyer: Mo. Man Succeeded Where Legal System Can FailCHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) — Cornealious “Mike” Anderson spent 13 years free from prison due to a clerical error, then nearly a year behind bars when the mistake was caught. On Monday, he walked out of a southeast Missouri courtroom a free man again — this time with no need to look over his shoulder. Mississippi [...]
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Instructional Videos Help Texas Youth Know Court System  Students in Texas have rights – especially when it comes to school-related misdemeanor charges – and two nonprofit groups on Friday released instructional videos to raise awareness about those legal protections, the court system and defending themselves.  The English- and Spanish-language videos were produced by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) and Texas Appleseed, a [...]
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U.S. to Collect Arrest Data in Effort to Curb Racial BiasWASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is launching a $4.75 million effort to collect data on police stops, searches and arrests in an effort to study racial bias in law enforcement. Holder said in an April 28 video message that the data will be collected in five pilot cities over [...]
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U.S. Widens Clemency Rules to Cut Prison PopulationWASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday. The initiative is part of a broader Obama administration effort to trim the nation’s prison population, ease [...]
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NYC Official: Homeless Veteran Shouldn’t Have Been in JailNEW YORK (AP) — A malfunctioning damper diverted heat to the top level of a two-tier observation unit where a city official told The Associated Press a mentally ill, homeless veteran inmate “basically baked to death” in a cell that was at least 100 degrees last month, the head of New York City’s jails system [...]
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