Federal Prisons Criticized by DOJ Inspector General on Women’s Treatment

By Christopher Zoukis Appearing at a November 28 hearing of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee looking into failings of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), particularly the agency’s treatment of its female inmates, the agency’s acting director Hugh Hurwitz accepted strong criticism delivered in September via a report from theDepartment of […]

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Will Lame-Duck Congress Act on Prison or Sentencing Reform?

By Christopher Zoukis Ever since a wide-ranging bill to make substantial changes in federal criminal sentencing laws stalled late in the Obama administration, that issue has seen much discussion, but little action, on Capitol Hill. But following the recent mid-term elections and a few other relevant developments, some observers are suggesting there’s a chance the […]

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Washington State’s Supreme Court Eliminates Death Penalty

By Christopher Zoukis Washington State’s Supreme Court has unanimously decided the death penalty as it has been applied violates the state’s Constitution. The decision, written by Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst and handed down October 11, finds the state has implemented the death penalty in a fundamentally unfair way. The decision didn’t say the death penalty […]

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