Justiceline: October 1, 2012

Welcome to Justiceline, ThinkProgress Justice’s morning round-up of the latest legal news and developments. Remember to follow us on Twitter at @TPJustice

  • U.S. Supreme Court season begins today, First Monday, with reargument on a major case that asks whether an important statute for holding human rights abusers accountable can apply to action outside the United States.
  • In what is being hailed as a major civil rights victory, Georgia is joining several other states in moving thousands of developmentally disabled individuals out of public hospitals and into group homes, responding to threats of legal action from the Justice Department for segregating developmentally disabled people in institutional settings.
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill to allow juveniles sentenced to life in prison without parole to revisit their sentence after serving at least 15 years in prison. The law follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, but the ruling did not apply to California, because the state gave judges discretion in sentencing.
  • ProPublica has a reading guide to True the Vote, the major “watchdog” group advocating restrictive voting laws and voter purges to combat the elusive voter fraud.
  • Families are urging the FCC to help lower the cost of phone calls to U.S. prisons. A 15-minute phone call can cost about $17, and a report from a Prison Policy Initiative study shows that families are forced to choose between keeping in touch with relatives in prison and putting food on the table, Colorlines reports.