New Study Demonstrates Upswing in Life Sentences

A study released details the rise of inmates serving life sentences even though serious, violent crimes have been declining for the past 20 years.

Holder Proposes New Developments in Drug Sentencing

By Audrey Arthur
The time is now to modernize prison sentencing, according to Attorney General Eric Holder. In a speech to the American Bar Association, the attorney general said the criminal justice system should take a more focused effort to reduce crimes of violence and reconsider the current standards of mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related crimes. Several changes in the Justice Department’s handling of prison sentences were announced.

Longer Prison Terms Costs States Millions

The Pew Center on the States has recently published new findings about the longer amount of time inmates are serving behind bars, and the affects of the increase.