After a lengthy, rocky prosecution, Blagojevich was convicted and sent to federal prison for 14 years. Critics suggested that the sentence was too harsh, and that the government had been eager to move him out of the way as a symbol of the corrupt Chicago world from whence Obama had come. … [Read more...] about Rod Blagojevich to Devote Life to ‘Fighting Corrupt Criminal Justice System’
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New York has successfully shown how accountability and healing are possible without youth prisons. Under the Close to Home initiative, representatives from city agencies—including probation, the court system, child welfare and education—partnered with community organizations and advocated to plan and create a locally operated continuum of community responses instead of sending New York City youth to state-run youth prisons. As a result, youth incarceration in New York City plummeted by 68 percent, and youth arrests dropped by 52 percent. This is the same kind of policy and approach that can be adopted across the country. … [Read more...] about Juvenile Justice Reform Deserves Time on the Democratic Debate Stage | Opinion
Trump said he was influenced to commute the sentence by Blagojevich's wife's defense of her husband in Fox News interviews. He also said that he felt that the disgraced Democratic politician was treated unfairly, similar to how he feels he has been treated through the Russian election interference investigation and the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. … [Read more...] about Rod Blagojevich Declares Himself a ‘Trump-ocrat,’ Praising President for Efforts to Reform Criminal Justice System
Friedmann is a self-described criminal justice advocate. An ex-convict himself, he became a high-profile voice against private prisons. He has been featured in multiple news reports and documentaries, and even testified on Capitol Hill. His attorney said Friedmann is "presumed innocent" but did not address the latest allegations. … [Read more...] about Criminal justice advocate accused of planting guns in new Nashville detention center
O'Malley "probably had the best of intentions, but boy, was it foreseeable," Joe Margulies, a visiting professor at Cornell Law School, said to CBS News regarding the current unrest in Baltimore. Adopting a "zero tolerance" approach to law enforcement -- a model that started in New York City and was embraced in multiple cities in the 1990's -- produced precisely the results that then-Mayor O'Malley could have expected, he said. … [Read more...] about Did Martin O’Malley’s criminal justice policies help or hurt Baltimore?
America is a world leader in incarceration. The U.S. locks up more people than any other country, the University of London’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research reports. An estimated 1.6 million individuals were held in state and federal prisons at the end of 2014, while roughly 1 out of every 36 adults fell under correctional supervision, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. … [Read more...] about What Can the U.S. Do About Mass Incarceration?