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JPI Daily News Digest 2/23/12

FL: Juveniles serving life in Florida may be resentenced (Miami Herald)
Juveniles serving life in prison for committing crimes other than murder may soon get a chance to have their sentences reduced. Lawmakers have to make changes to the way juveniles are sentenced because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling...

FL: Federal judge raises questions about Florida’s random drug-testing policy (Miami Herald)
A federal judge in Miami Wednesday cast serious doubts about Gov. Rick Scott’s order requiring thousands of state government employees to undergo a random drug test, suggesting his policy “sweeps too broadly.”...

IL: Opinion-Budget woes end Illinois' 14-year experiment with super-max prison (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
I first went to prison in the early 1970s — as a reporter, not an inmate — fascinated with the chance to compare portrayals in movies to the stone-and-steel reality...

SC: SC hopes new program will cut down on recidivism (Associated Press)
Under a program recently introduced in South Carolina, the job of trying to make sure a young inmate doesn't return to prison starts the first day of that person's sentence and continues after release...

WV: W.Va. prison report from multiple groups urges sentencing, parole reforms to stem overcrowding (Associated Press)
As West Virginia lawmakers grapple with overcrowding in prisons and regional jails, a new report says the state should invest more on alternative sentencing options that keep lawbreakers out of the penal institutions in the first place... 

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