3rd Apr 2015

Given how few clemency petitions President Obama has granted, the sentence commutations for 22 inmates on March 31 are hardly grounds for hope. more

19th Mar 2015

Some proposals for significant sentencing reforms have been made in the House of Representatives, but it is very unlikely that they will move forward. more

12th Mar 2015

Last year’s Recidivism Reduction Act has been introduced as the CORRECTIONS Act in the Senate. If wisely administered, inmates could earn an early release. more

4th Mar 2015

The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 would decrease the application of mandatory minimums for certain drug offenses, but its enactment faces difficulties. more

19th Feb 2015

The Recidivism Risk Reduction Act of 2015 makes some ambitious proposals. It remains to be seen how seriously Congress will take its ideas. more

13th Feb 2015

The Justice Safety Valve Act would allow a Judge to set aside a statutory mandatory minimum. It has a slim chance of passage. more

8th Jan 2015

Bottlenecks are slowing the DOJ’s processing of clemency applications to a crawl. more