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"Should RIers serving long prison terms get a chance at release? Bill would give sentences a 'second look'," by Katie Mulvaney, The Providence Journal, March 17, 2023
"Colorado lawmakers to consider changes to felony sentencing statutes," by Shaun Boyd, CBS Colorado, March 11, 2023
"Study Shows Low Safety Risk of Reducing Long Sentences," by James Van Bramer, The Crime Report, February 28, 2023
"VA senator introduces legislation to eliminate federal cocaine sentencing disparity," by Ezra Hercyk, ABC 13 News, February 23, 2023
"Report urges capping U.S. prison sentences at 20 years to end mass incarceration," by Brett Wilkins, Salon, February 16, 2023
"Sentencing Commission to Offer Guidance on New Laws After Yearslong Hiatus," by Mariah Timms, Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2023
"Virginia could end solitary confinement thanks to unlikely duo of lawmakers," by Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, February 04, 2023
"The Era of Mass Incarceration Isn’t Over. This New Report Shows Why.," Mother Jones, by Olivia Exstrum, June 14, 2018
"Pot Possession Cases Have Plummeted in Federal Courts, but Prior Marijuana Convictions Still Boost Penalties," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, January 11, 2023
"U.S. panel proposes limiting sentencing of defendants for acquitted conduct," by Nate Raymond, Reuters, January 12, 2023
"A Federal Public Defender Challenges U.S. Sentencing Commission To Help Fix The Bureau Of Prisons," by Walter Pavlo, Forbes, December 28, 2022
"Meth sentencing guidelines rejected as too harsh," Courthouse News Service, December 27, 2022
"The Limits of AG’s Guidelines Against Crack-Powder Sentencing Disparity," by Alexander Lekhtman, Filter, December 21, 2022
"He was locked up by a Philly homicide cop now in prison for misconduct. Is his conviction tainted?," by Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer, December 19, 2022
"Opinion: No One Can See The Future: New York Needs Second-Look Sentencing Before More Lives Are Wasted," by Steven Zeidman, Gotham Gazette, December 08, 2022