Month: September 2011

Will Congress Make Crack Law Retroactive?

Crack Cocaine Sentence Reductions – Retroactivity It is fairly common knowledge at this point that the United States Sentencing Commission has made their Sentencing Guideline Manual reductions for crack cocaine sentences retroactive. However, this policy has raised quite a few questions regarding how it works and who it helps. This article is meant to clear …

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Crime and Corruption in Law Enforcement

Obama Administration Investigations At a record-setting pace, the Department of Justice is currently conducting 17 separate investigations to determine whether law enforcement officers are guilty of brutality or discrimination against minorities. This, as reported by the Washington Post, is the highest number of such investigations at one time in American history. The excerpt below highlights …

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Alabama Inmates File Federal Lawsuit

Overcrowding and Poor Conditions Jefferson County, AL – According to a story from The Birmingham News, lawyers for inmates John Mason IV and Ishmael Gregory filed a federal lawsuit in Birmingham, Alabama alleging inhumane conditions in the county jails in Jefferson County. The basis for the lawsuit is the standard “Deliberate indifference of government officials” …

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New US Sentencing Commission Data Shows Interesting Trends

New US Sentencing Commission Data: 3rd Qtr. 2011 Just released from the US Sentencing Commission is their quarterly report containing a considerable amount of data concerning the October – June months of sentencing in United States courts. Below is a short, and by no means total, breakdown of some of the interesting data points. Sentences …

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How NOT to Travel to a Federal Halfway House

Rapper T.I. was turned away from his federal halfway house and sent to serve the remainder of his prison sentence (for violating his Supervised Release) in a holding facility in Atlanta. The NY Times posted this amusing story about the events. Here’s an excerpt: The rap artist T.I. was sent back to prison Thursday after …

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