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After the Government Shutdown Causes Family Visits to be Canceled, Inmates at New York City Jail go on Hunger Strike

After the Government Shutdown Causes Family Visits to be Canceled, Inmates at New York City Jail go on Hunger Strike

As the government shutdown rolls onward, inmates at federal prisons have been unable to see their families, attorneys and, in some instances, have been unable to receive medication. In response, prisoners at a high-security federal jail in New York City have gone on a hunger strike in protest.

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Senate passes First Step Act with push from criminal justice groups; bill goes to House

Senate passes First Step Act with push from criminal justice groups; bill goes to House

In a major step in the criminal justice reform effort, the Senate voted 87 to 12 late Tuesday to approve the bipartisan “First Step Act” pushed by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Mike Lee, R-Utah and Cory Booker, D-N.J. The bill must now go over to the House for a vote, where it is expected to pass. President Donald Trump has supported the measure and said he would sign it into law.

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The U.S. Congress and Sentencing Reform – Will 2015 Be the Year for Change?

Justice Solutions of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that now pending in the U.S. Congress are 2 bills supported by both Democrats and Republicans that will result in sentencing reform.  Recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 920 and in the U.S. Senate S. 502, is the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015.

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U.S. Attorney General Warns Against Statistics in Determining Federal Prison Sentences

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder states that that federal judges should determine criminal punishments case by case; specifics of the federal crime should be taken into consideration rather than what statistics say a certain kind of federal defendant will do in the future. He says this must be done, specifically, to avoid unfair treatment towards minorities. The U.S. Attorney General expressed concern over what he believes are a number of federal judges basing their assessment of punishments on certain risk factors, such as a federal defendant’s education level, work experience, or type of residence.

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Good News for Federal Prison Inmates

On July 18, 2014, the U.S. Sentencing commission determined that almost 50,000 incarcerated, federal drug offenders are eligible for a potential reduced federal prison sentence, which will allow a federal judge to review these federal prison inmates’ cases once more. Now, both prospective federal sentences of future federal drug offenders and about half of those federal drug offenders already in federal prison, are able to make cases for a more lenient federal prison sentence.

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