New year and new Congress brings a new effort to advance new EQUAL Act
Sentencing Law and Policy
by Douglas A. Berman
9h ago
Regular readers likely recall some of my posts over the last two years about the EQUAL Act, a bill to reform federal crack cocaine sentencing by finally treating crack and powder cocaine the same at sentencing. In short form, passage ..read more
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VERA Institute provides first-person accounts of "The Human Toll of Jail"
Sentencing Law and Policy
by Douglas A. Berman
9h ago
Via email today I learned that the Vera Institute of Justice has launched another round of first-person essays about jail experienced under the titled "The Human Toll of Jail." Here is how the project is introduced on the site's main ..read more
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"Where people in prison come from: The geography of mass incarceration"
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by Douglas A. Berman
1d ago
The title of this post is the title of this new report from the Prison Policy Initiative authored by Emily Widra. Here is how the data-heavy report gets started: One of the most important criminal legal system disparities in the ..read more
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Jury trials on hold in New Orleans because of apparent long-running failure to comply with new law to allow certain persons with felony convictions to serve as jurors
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by Douglas A. Berman
1d ago
This local article, headlined "Jury trials in New Orleans criminal court halted through February," reports on interesting development in the Big Easy. Here are the highlights: Criminal court judges in New Orleans decided on Monday afternoon to put all jury ..read more
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"From Causal Mechanisms to Policy Mechanisms: Why Did Crime Decline and What Lessons Can Be Learned from It?"
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by Douglas A. Berman
2d ago
The newest issue of the American Journal of Criminal Justice has a bunch of new interesting articles on criminal justice reform. The title of this post is the title of this article from the issue authored by John K. Roman ..read more
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"Glass Box Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Justice"
Sentencing Law and Policy
by Douglas A. Berman
3d ago
The title of this post is the title of this notable new paper available via SSRN authored by Brandon Garrett and Cynthia Rudin. Here is its abstract: As we embrace data-driven technologies across a wide range of human activities, policymakers ..read more
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Different approaches to death penalty administration from different governors
Sentencing Law and Policy
by Douglas A. Berman
3d ago
When it comes to the administration of the death penalty, governors tend to have a huge (and outsized?) role at the state level. Historically, that role has been exercised through grants of executive clemency, though it can also shape in ..read more
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US Sentencing Commission provides "Public Data Briefing: Proposed 2023 Criminal History Amendment"
Sentencing Law and Policy
by Douglas A. Berman
4d ago
Among many notable and consequential proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, the US Sentencing Commission has noticed a number of proposals connected to criminal history issues. And today the Commission posted here a "Public Data Presentation for Proposed Criminal ..read more
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Justice Gorsuch dissents from denial of cert in "civil" tax case involving Excessive Fines challenge
Sentencing Law and Policy
by Douglas A. Berman
4d ago
The new SCOTUS order list released this morning appears to relist again (re-relist?) the set of acquitted conduct cases that I have been following closely (some background here and here). In addition to that notable news, the order list also ..read more
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Warranted or unwarranted disparity?: noting different punishments for disrupting different government branches
Sentencing Law and Policy
by Douglas A. Berman
5d ago
This lengthy new NBC News piece shines a spotlight on the notable, but arguably justified, disparity between how disruptive protesters at Congress and at the Supreme Court are punished. The full headline for the piece highlights its essentials: "Protesting against ..read more
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