BOP gets a little more compassionate; anything is better than “NO!” A week ago, the Bureau of Prisons removed one level of bureaucracy dying prisoners must navigate for compassionate release. We’re confident the reform was driven by the spotlight FAMM and Human Rights Watch directed at this problem last fall.
Progress in the Peach State! Georgia House approves sentencing reforms unanimously! Gov. Nathan Deal supports a bill carrying the FAMM-recommended safety valve! It allows reduced sentences for some people charged with drug trafficking and other serious felonies. Next stop — the Georgia Senate. »more here
Another red state getting smart on crime: drug and gun reform bills introduced in
FAMM’s updates – continued
Florida! FAMM’s Florida project is focused on two new bills: one will give judges discretion to bypass the awful mandatory minimums in the state’s 10-20-Life gun law. We don’t want any more Ronald Thompsons, Lee Wollards, and Marissa Alexanders! The other bill will add a safety valve for prescription drug offenses. No more Todd Hannigans!
Sentencing Commission touches the third rail — child pornography sentences. Responding to concerns from judges and prosecutors, the Commission’s latest report on child pornography offenses says penalties don’t reflect distinctions between defendants; urges major changes to sentences. »more here
Can’t get excited about Obama’s recent pardons: he commuted no one! With 218,000 people in federal prison, half for nonviolent drug offenses, Obama can’t find ONE person deserving of commutation?! »more here