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Mandatory Sentences

Is Obama Channeling Mandela?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Obama successfully carried out what the White House constructed to appear as a magnanimous act of mercy. Is this really a generous Christmas gift to these men and women and their families when they won't be released until April?

Justice Should Apply to All, Not Just Juveniles

Julie Stewart | Posted 08.28.2012 | Crime
Julie Stewart

The Supreme Court held that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. The Court got the result right, but it was the reasoning of Justice Elena Kagan's majority opinion that grabbed my attention.

How Would Jesus Punish?

Molly M. Gill | Posted 05.26.2012 | Religion
Molly M. Gill

The Proverbs repeatedly describe God's hatred of unfairly loaded measuring scales. Those scales include the scales of justice used in our courthouses.

GOP Seeks Big Changes In Federal Prison Sentences

NPR | Posted 01.31.2012 | Crime

Every year, federal judges sentence more than 80,000 criminals. Those punishments are supposed to be fair — and predictable. But seven years ago, th...