Topic: U.S. Sentencing Commission
Congress is considering legislation to crack down on gun traffickers and so-called straw buyers. But the NRA says the Obama administration just needs to enforce laws already on the books. Here's what the record shows.
A judge this week dismissed a drug forfeiture case involving a motel owner. The prosecutor, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, is also facing criticism for her role in the prosecution of Internet hacker Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide earlier this month.
At least 12,000 federal prisoners can seek reductions in their sentences for crack cocaine offenses, after a ruling Thursday by the US Sentencing Commission. The stiff sentences, meted out between 1984 and 2010, hit the black community hard.
06/30/2011 07:36 pm
"Drug courts" could be an alternative to mandatory minimum sentences. State general-fund spending on corrections has risen 127 percent in two decades, according to a recent report.
10/20/2008 01:00 am
Attitudes about one of the toughest crime measures from the 1980s may be changing.
09/25/2008 01:00 am
Of the 19,500 drug offenders eligible over the next 30 years to apply for early release, 3,417 have had their sentences reduced as of Monday.
04/09/2008 01:00 am