Michael Balsamo Associated Press Published 10:26 PM EDT Jul 19, 2019 Washington – More than 3,100 federal inmates were being released Friday by the Bureau of Prisons as part of a criminal justice overhaul signed into law last year. The First Step Act gives judges more discretion in sentencing, eases mandatory minimum sentences and encourages inmates to participate in programs aimed at reducing recidivism. The Trump administration has promoted the overhaul as a rare bipartisan effort to address concerns that too many Americans were imprisoned for nonviolent crimes as a result of the drug war. The inmates were walking out of federal prisons and halfway houses across the country. The releases are part of an increase for “good conduct time” under the law. More than 1,600 other inmates have qualified for reduced sentences under a separate provision of the law that allows some prisoners locked up for crack cocaine charges to ask for sentencing reduction. The Bureau … [Read more...] about Feds release 3K inmates under First Step Act
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Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 3:40 PM EST Jan 2, 2019 LANSING — On her first working day in office, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer acted Wednesday to potentially block the Enbridge Line 5 tunnel backed by former Gov. Rick Snyder. Whitmer announced Wednesday she has turned to newly elected Attorney General Dana Nessel for a legal opinion on six questions related to whether the proposed Line 5 tunnel and related legislation rushed through the Legislature complies with the state constitution. Nessel said she welcomed the request and cautioned Enbridge against relying on recently passed legislation to move forward with its tunnel plans, while her ruling iis pending. Enbridge, a Canadian energy company that operates the pipeline carrying oil and gas products through the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac, did not immediately respond to an email and phone message seeking comment. Whitmer said in a news release she "pledged to take action on the Line 5 pipeline on … [Read more...] about Enbridge Line 5: Whitmer takes first step to block tunnel
Express-News Editorial Board Published 6:12 pm CST, Friday, December 7, 2018 Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, from left, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.. announce bipartisan agreement on criminal justice system reform Oct. 1, 2015. Three years later, there is yet another compromise that Congress should make law. less Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, from left, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.. announce bipartisan agreement on criminal justice system reform Oct. 1, 2015. Three years later, ... more Photo: New York Times File Photo Photo: New York Times File Photo Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, from left, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, … [Read more...] about Senate should pass First Step Act
opinion Nolan Finley The Detroit News Published 11:00 PM EST Nov 21, 2018 Our minds today are on gratitude, but there's another virtue worth contemplating: redemption. In the United States, we write off too many lives in the name of law and order. We lock up more of our people, and keep them locked up longer than any other civilized nation in the world. The cost in terms of tax dollars and the wasted potential of the incarcerated is insanely high. But there's a chance now to do better. The First Step Act that passed the House last summer and was endorsed by President Donald Trump last week could, if enacted, free 4,000 federal prisoners immediately and help tens of thousand more break the recidivism cycle. It falls short of comprehensive reform. The package should have included a revamping of sentencing laws to end mandatory minimum prison terms and give judges more discretion in deciding appropriate punishment for … [Read more...] about Finley: Take First Step toward prison reform
A sign with the words “We will not be erased” is taped to Schuyler Bailar’s window at Harvard. It’s a message that the 22-year-old, who became the first openly transgender NCAA Division 1 swimmer when he started at the university four years ago, said he’s exhausted by having to send constantly into the world. “I think it’s really an important thought,” he told Boston.com. “It is also depressing though that we are saying, ‘We cannot be erased,’ as if people can be erased. I think it’s really important to think about that we are standing here, saying, ‘We deserve to exist and we deserve to not be erased,’ which in my head is such a charged statement to even consider. Because of course you can’t erase people. But people are trying to do that.” Over the last four years, Bailar has balanced the demands of being a student-athlete at Harvard with serving as an outspoken advocate for transgender … [Read more...] about Schuyler Bailar made history as the first openly transgender NCAA Division 1 swimmer. Now, he’s in his last year at Harvard.