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U.S. Sentencing Commission Chooses Fairness in Federal Drug Sentencing

U.S. Sentencing Commission Chooses Fairness in Federal Drug Sentencing

On July 18th, the US Sentencing Commission elected to give 46,000 federal inmates serving excessive sentences for drug charges the ability to file motions for reduced sentences. The US Sentencing Commission in April voted unanimously that federal drug sentences were unfair and were excessive punishments. The Human Rights Watch had requested the Commission to make this change retroactive. Despite opposition, the amendment was passed. The reductions are not automatic since the federal courts will have to consider each individual case upon ...

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New York: Riker’s Violence Against Inmates with Mental Illnesses

New York: Riker's Violence Against Inmates with Mental Illnesses

During the next four weeks, prisonpath.com will discuss conditions in our prisons and jails. This posting examines New York City's Riker's violence against mentally ill inmates. The New York Times has published information from a secret internal study by New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene which revealed that a substantial number of inmates seriously injured by correctional officers were already diagnosed with mental illnesses. In 2013, 129 inmates received "serious injuries" from incidents involving jail guards. Almost ...

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Do You Find This Sentence Fair?

Do You Find This Sentence Fair?

Leon Echols was sentenced in 1989 by Judge Talbot in Michigan to a minimum of 75 years for killing a man during a quarrel over the purchase of a used car. The guidelines indicated a minimum of 10 to 25 years. After years of good behavior in prison, Echols is still not eligible for parole until he is 83. Before this conviction, Echols had only one prior conviction for cocaine possession. Echols was 18 years old in 1989. Echols stated he ...

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The Realism of Prison Fantasy in “Orange is the New Black”

The Realism of Prison Fantasy in Orange is the New Black

    Inmate Review Orange is the New Black We have discussed, the realism of prison life on the hit show, "Orange is the New Black." The second season's first episode  revealed again  realistic conditions of prison life-- the viewers watched the main character, Piper, awakened during the night for an eventful transfer to another prison. In the fourth episode, "A Whole Other Hole,"another inmate, Morello, tried to accept that her fiance was marrying another woman. Throughout almost all of the previous  episodes, ...

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Prison Rape

Prison Rape

  Sad to say, but many in the outside world snicker and smirk at prison rape. Reader's comments about internet articles on prison rape reflect the attitude that sexual violence is part of doing the time for the crime. In 2003, Congress unanimously passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act, designed to educate inmates about their rights and provide them with a way to report sexual crimes. Prisons and jails are filled with prisoners who have committed nonviolent crimes. Such inmates are easy ...

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Prison Path Mission: When a first time offender is imprisoned, the inmate's family is left alone, frightened and confused. Understandably, the family's first priority is to locate their loved one and find out about visitation. Prison Path's free prison search will provide all of this information and more, at no cost to the user. Family members will be able to find the exact location of their loved one throughout their incarceration, learn the visitation rules for each respective facility, as well as other essential information that the family will need immediately and throughout the term of the inmate's incarceration. During such a stressful time, family members need to be able to access important information in an efficient manner.