By Andrew Breiner on January 9, 2014
In California's court system, black men are significantly less likely than white men to be offered treatment instead of prison time
By Nicole Flatow on December 23, 2013
A man whose testimony was beaten out of him and a blogger who spoke his mind sat in jail this year. Several others who killed acquaintances with a gun will not.
By Nicole Flatow on December 19, 2013
"If they had been sentenced under the current law, many of them would have already served their time and paid their debt to society," Obama said.
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By Nicole Flatow and Judd Legum on December 12, 2013
Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years probation, in a deviation from other recent sentences for similar crimes with a lower death toll.
By Nicole Flatow on December 5, 2013
The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to a trial. But that right is particularly illusory for many drug defendants who face the threat of life behind bars, a new report finds.
By Rebecca Leber on November 15, 2013
The rapist's lawyer says the sentence will alter his lifestyle: No beer or lottery tickets.
By Nicole Flatow on November 6, 2013
Prison overcrowding is projected to get even worse in the coming years. The one single fix that could stem the trend is reform to mandatory minimum sentences, a new study finds.
By Aviva Shen on October 16, 2013
Faced with a looming deadline to reduce the state's prison population, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) rejected drug sentencing reform, instead signing another costly private prisons contract.
By Nicole Flatow on October 1, 2013
A defendant in a burglary case could escape jail time ... if he refrains from romantic relationships instead.
By Aviva Shen on September 30, 2013
Inspired by a woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot during a fight with her abusive husband, Florida Republicans are expanding Stand Your Ground.