Prop 47 Passes in California, Reclassifies Offenses


(11/12/2014)
A California state proposition that reclassified six felony offenses as misdemeanors passed on Nov. 4 with a 58 percent vote, and now has public defender and defense attorney lines ringing off the hook.

Ohio to End Solitary Confinement for Juveniles


(05/28/2014)
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has settled a lawsuit against the State of Ohio to end what it deemed unlawful seclusion of youth in juvenile correctional facilities. According to a release issued by the DOJ, the United States and private plaintiffs have reached an agreement with the state under which the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) will dramatically reduce, and eventually eliminate, its use of seclusion on young people.

Lousiana House Passes Parole Bill


(05/14/2014)
The Louisiana House has passed a bill reducing the time violent prisoners are required to serve before they become eligible for parole.