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JPI Daily News Digest 6/29/12

NV: The Robert’s Court Liberal Turn on Juvenile Justice (NY Times)
The Supreme Court’s decision this week to ban mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for offenders younger than 18 is an emphatic rejection of the “get tough” juvenile justice policies of the 1980s and 1990s, which punished children as if they were adults.

FL: Appeals Court Mulls Ruling on Prison Privatization (Sunshine State News)
With a prison-privatization plan all but dead, an appeals court Wednesday appeared hesitant to decide a constitutional fight about whether lawmakers improperly used the state budget to approve the plan.

PA: Pennsylvania Prison Reform Nearly a Done Deal (Yahoo News)
Several areas of the Pennsylvania budget are still being hammered out, but one item targeted for cost-cutting is right on track. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, state lawmakers have sent a prison reform bill to the desk of Governor Tom Corbett, where he is expected to sign it into law.

PA: Pa. Senate sends corrections bill to Corbett (Pittsburgh-Gazette)
A bill heading to the governor's desk aims to change a corrections system that critics say treats violent and nonviolent criminals the same.

CA: Head to Head: Should California Go Beyond Court Ruling and End Life Without Parole for Juveniles? (Sacramento Bee)
Since California voters approved Proposition 115 in 1990, 16- and 17-year-olds convicted of murder with a special circumstance are sentenced to life without parole unless the judge finds 'good reason' to impose 25 years to life.

AZ: Private Prison Industry To Profit From Supreme Court Ruling On ‘Show Me Your Papers’ (The Mint Press, NY)
Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is not the only one hailing  Monday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold a key part of Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, which critics said will leave thousands of families living in fear.

Keywords: Aging, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Prison Population, Prison Reform

Posted in Criminal Justice News

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