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Supreme Court Rules that Juveniles Must Have Chance to Challenge Life Sentences

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in the case of Montgomery v. Louisiana that anyone sentenced to life imprisonment for murder as a juvenile must have a chance to argue for parole.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Obama’s Immigration Actions

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would review a challenge to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration in the case of United States v. Texas.

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Categories: Immigration

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Senate Finally Confirms Restrepo, Obama Nominates Two to Seventh Circuit

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed (82-6) Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Restrepo, who was nominated to fill the vacancy by President Obama in November 2014, is the first Latino from Pennsylvania to serve on the Third Circuit Court and just the second circuit court judge confirmed during the 114th Congress.

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Categories: Judiciary

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House Judiciary Committee Advances Second Chance Reauthorization Act

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved by voice vote the bipartisan Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 3406), a bill introduced by Reps. James Sensenbrenner, R. Wisc., and Danny Davis, D. Ill., to reauthorize the Second Chance Act.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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President Obama Commutes 95 Sentences, Grants Two Pardons

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

On December 18, President Obama commuted the sentences of 95 individuals and granted pardons to two, marking the highest number of commutations he has granted at one time and more than doubling his total since taking office. Obama has now granted 184 commutations, which is more than the last five presidents combined.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Justice Department Issues Guidance to Combat Gender Bias in Policing

Thursday, December 17, 2015

On December 15, the U.S. Department of Justice released new guidance for combatting gender bias in law enforcement response to sexual and domestic violence.

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Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies, Criminal Justice System, LGBT Rights, Women's Rights

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Annual FBI Report Indicates Another Decrease in Hate Crimes

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

An annual report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday reveals that reported hate crime incidents decreased from 5,928 to 5,479 – the lowest number of reported hate crimes since the first year of reporting in 1991.

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Categories: Discrimination, Hate Crimes & LLEHCPA

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Prison Phone Rate Reforms an Important Part of Administration’s Re-entry Efforts

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The White House on Monday unveiled new measures to ease the re-entry process for formerly incarcerated people, an announcement that marks a continuation of the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce incarceration’s collateral effects. One of those efforts is the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent vote on a proposal to cap exorbitant prison calling rates and fees for in-state calls.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System, Media & Technology, Prison Phone Rates

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Obama Takes Important Step Toward Opening Employment Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated People

Monday, November 2, 2015

In Newark, N.J., on Monday, President Obama announced a series of measures designed to help the re-entry process for formerly incarcerated people.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System, Jobs & Economy

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Sentencing Reform Package Advances out of Senate Judiciary Committee

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123) by a 15-5 vote, proving to Chairman Chuck Grassley, R. Iowa, that the Senate “can thoughtfully address the most serious and complex matters in prison sentencing.”

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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