Tag: Sentences (Criminal)

Parents Paid to Open College Doors. Now They’re Spending to Limit Prison Time.

BOSTON — One parent, hoping to avoid prison in the nation’s largest-ever college admissions fraud case, stood before the judge with an elaborate proposal for a community service project: He could make amends, the parent’s lawyers offered, by designing and raising funds for a “cutting-edge” collaboration between the Special Olympics and private schools. To reinforce […]

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How Mandatory Minimums Enable Police Misconduct

Last year, Jacob, a young man I represented, made an exceedingly rare choice. He rejected a favorable plea offer because he wanted to hold the police accountable in a hearing to challenge his illegal stop, search and arrest. To those who do not work in criminal court, Jacob’s decision may not seem particularly momentous. Yet […]

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‘All You Can Do Is Take Care of Your End’

Imagine that at the age of 28, you’re told you are going to spend the rest of your life in prison with no chance of release. What would you do with all that time? There’s no shame in admitting you’d want to throw in the towel. It’s a rational reaction to a hopeless situation: Why […]

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Facing Sentencing, Felicity Huffman Says She Wanted ‘Fair Shot’ for Daughter

BOSTON — The popular television actress exuded confidence in front of the camera, but as a mother, she said, she was insecure. Felicity Huffman, the actress who is expected to be sentenced on Friday in the nation’s largest college admissions cheating case, said she was always searching for “the right book or the right piece […]

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Kamala Harris, Confronting Critics, Releases a Criminal Justice Plan

Senator Kamala Harris of California is releasing a sweeping proposal on Monday to overhaul the criminal justice system, vowing to end mass incarceration and revamp police practices through a progressive wish list of policies, including some ideas Ms. Harris previously rejected during her years as a district attorney and state attorney general. For months, Democratic […]

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China’s Prisons Swell After Deluge of Arrests Engulfs Muslims

The Chinese government has built a vast network of re-education camps and a pervasive system of surveillance to monitor and subdue millions from Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. Now China is also turning to an older, harsher method of control: filling prisons in Xinjiang. The region in northwest China has experienced a record surge […]

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Why the 2020 Criminal Justice Debate Is Completely Different

Marijuana would be decriminalized, mass incarceration would be reversed and the death penalty would be eliminated as part of sweeping changes that leading Democratic presidential candidates have proposed to make to the criminal justice system, which has become a dependable political foil for its inefficiency and excesses but has also proved resistant to change. Both […]

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The Stolen Car Was Going 154 M.P.H. Five People Ended Up Dead.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — On a short stretch of Route 25, which bisects most of Long Island, the stores and gas stations stop, and all that surrounds the road are trees from the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest. The McCoy family had hit that serene patch in Suffolk County, heading east in their Mazda […]

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Every D.A. in America Should Open a Sentence Review Unit

What can we do to shrink our prison population, the world’s largest? Most answers to that question point forward: They look to reduce future arrests, prosecutions and sentences. But such changes, while desperately needed, do nothing for the hundreds of thousands of people who are already serving long sentences in America’s expensive and overcrowded prison […]

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I’m a Republican and I Oppose Restarting Federal Executions

A long-held stereotype is that conservatives in this country favor capital punishment, while liberals oppose it. But that doesn’t accord with reality: In recent years, more conservatives have come to realize that capital punishment conflicts irreconcilably with their principles of valuing life, fiscal responsibility and limited government. Many conservatives also recognize that the death penalty […]

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2 Brothers, Same Crime: Why One Got Out First

Lionel and Keith Henderson did everything together. They played football, camped in the woods and fished side by side in Amelia, La., not far from the Gulf of Mexico. And after Lionel began selling cocaine as a teenager, Keith, four years younger, began doing the same, despite his brother’s protests. In 2006, the brothers were […]

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Joe Biden, Long Scrutinized for Crime Bill, Unveils Plan to Reduce Mass Incarceration

Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose long record on criminal justice matters has cast a shadow over the early months of his presidential campaign, has unveiled a comprehensive plan aimed at combating mass incarceration and reducing “racial, gender and income-based disparities in the system.” In his more than three decades as a senator, Mr. Biden was […]

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Inmates Freed as Justice Dept. Tries to Clear Hurdles of New Law

WASHINGTON — More than 3,000 inmates were freed from federal prison on Friday as part of the Justice Department’s implementation of the sweeping bipartisan criminal justice overhaul that President Trump signed into law late last year. The department has faced sharp criticism over its execution of the act. The partial government shutdown in January stymied […]

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Would You Let the Man Who Killed Your Sister Out of Prison?

CINCINNATI — On a drizzly morning last summer, Patricia Jackson opened her door to two strangers. They told her they had come on behalf of a man named Angelo Robinson. Ms. Jackson grew cold at the mention. Angelo Robinson was the man who had shot and killed her sister, Veronica, 21 years earlier. She told […]

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De Blasio Is on the Wrong Side of Gun Prosecution Reforms

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York took a break from his long-shot presidential campaign this week to attack a program in Brooklyn that keeps young people who’ve been convicted of having an unlicensed gun out of prison. It was a strange move. Brooklyn’s diversion program is doing good, not harm, the evidence shows. It’s […]

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Cory Booker Proposes Clemency for Thousands of Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey on Thursday announced a plan to offer clemency to more than 17,000 inmates serving time for nonviolent drug-related offenses on the first day of his presidency, an expansive use of executive power that would be the broadest clemency initiative since the Civil War. The plan, which draws heavily on […]

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Man Gets 9 Years in Prison After Nuclear Bunker Project Ends in Worker’s Fiery Death

A Maryland man was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison after his secret project — the excavation of a nuclear bunker underneath his home — ended with the death of a worker he had hired to dig the tunnels. The man, Daniel L. Beckwitt, did not testify during his trial, in which he was […]

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When We Kill

“I hereby sentence you to death.” The words of Judge Clifford B. Shepard filled the courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 27, 1976. Shepard was sentencing Clifford Williams Jr., whom a jury had just found guilty of entering a woman’s house with a spare key entrusted to him and then shooting her dead from the […]

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Man Who Threatened to Kill 2 Senators Who Supported Kavanaugh Gets 18 Months in Prison

A Long Island man who threatened to kill two United States senators in retaliation for their support for Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison. The man, Ronald DeRisi, 75, of Smithtown, N.Y., left multiple expletive-laden voice mail messages at the offices of the senators and […]

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