Mass Incarceration (An Interesting Article from The Atlantic)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/mass-incarceration-has-become-the-new-welfare/404422/ Mass Incarceration Has Become the New Welfare America’s criminal-justice system has, in its failures, given way to policy that works against a disproportionate number of African Americans. Alex Brandon / AP .When Ta-Nehisi Coates says that America’s bloated and enormously expensive dependence on imprisonment has created a “social service program … for a whole … More Mass Incarceration (An Interesting Article from The Atlantic)

Sentence Disparity – What’s wrong with this picture? Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Mandatory Minimums puts all of the power in the prosecutor’s hands. Prosecutors have leverage to force a plea from the accused, (even if the accused is innocent). They use scare tactics to convince the accused to take the plea. Unfortunately, the criminal defense attorneys also want their client to take a plea (less work for … More Sentence Disparity – What’s wrong with this picture? Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Two Catholic leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act

I felt that this was an important article to read.   Two church leaders urge Senate to pass Smarter Sentencing Act Catholic News Service | Apr. 2, 2014 WASHINGTON Two Catholic leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reform rigid sentencing policies for certain nonviolent drug offenders. Archbishop … More Two Catholic leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act

The victim needs to come forward and tell the truth

The victim was shown a photographic array on May 18, 2011, which included Appellant’s photograph, but she did not identify anyone as the would-be robber. (T132-33,161, Vol II). However, she did identify Appellant in a second photographic lineup conducted on June 7, 2011.1 (T133, Vol II). She was 60 percent sure that he was the … More The victim needs to come forward and tell the truth