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For Kids, Life Means Life

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On January 17, 2008
Sentencing youthful offenders (that’s kids who are convicted for crimes) to life incarceration violates virtually every human rights norm out there. According to Human Rights Watch, there are only 7 people outside the United States who were sentenced to life in prison while minors. Wanna guess how many kids are currently locked up for life […]

Babies Behind Bars

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On December 31, 2007

Given that 7% of incarcerated women in the United States were pregnant at the time of their sentencing, it’s surprising that the conditions of confinement for pregnant and birthing women and the

Giving an Inch, but not a Mile

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On December 20, 2007
So, I’m late to the Liptak love this week. I blame it on…whatever. It’s time. Only 2 days late. This week, Liptak joins the crack/cocaine sentencing fray with a column noting how little the Supreme Court’s big holdings in Kimbrough and Gall last week will actually mean. Liptak rightly points out that, without Congressional action, […]

To Be or Not to Be

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On December 15, 2007

Last night, after I finished my exam and my brain had oozed out of my ears and then been reconstituted, I listened to a recent “This American Life” that KMZ recommended. The hour-long show

$20 mil up for Grabs, but No Takers from the States

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On November 13, 2007
The current insanity of life sentences should be familiar to everyone. Three strikes laws have stranded thousands of low level offenders in prison for life.Back in the day, “life” in prison meant roughly 15 years. Yet as Adam Liptak reports, thousands of incarcerated men and women are on course to spend the rest of their […]
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