President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to create a new, interagency federal council to report on federal prison reentry policy, continuing the administration’s ongoing focus on prison reform.
The White House announced Tuesday that it had sent Congress a framework for overhauling prison and criminal reentry in America, following up on a promise first issued by President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address late last month.
Some 740,700 inmates were held in county and city jails in 2016, a recently released report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows, a slight increase from the number similarly incarcerated in 2015, but a notable decline from the 2008 peak of 785,500, a 30 year high.
The White House has secretly been reaching out to Iran since December in an attempt to create a direct channel to negotiate the release of prisoners held by both countries, according to a new report.
America’s multi-decade crime decline, according to Uneasy Peace author Patrick Sharkey, was not caused by Roe v. Wade or leaded gasoline bans, but by civil society. Sharkey’s new book is an exploration of how the New York University sociologist thinks the crime decline happened, and how it can be preserved. But his solution, while more inspired than some, suffers ultimately from an infection of liberalism that threatens the very civil society he extols in the first place.
The three-year decline in America’s prison population, a reversal of multiple decades of increase, saw a concurrent decrease in the number of Americans held for property, drug, and immigration offenses, and an increase in those incarcerated for violent offenses.
State and federal prison populations dropped in 2016, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced Wednesday, making three successive years of decline in the national incarceration rate.
A new report shows that sentencing disparities between similarly situated white and black offenders remain pronounced, providing evidence for concerns about systemic inequality in the federal criminal justice system.
Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner is scheduled to begin a 21-month prison sentence on Monday after a judge sentenced him in September for sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl.