December 16th Summary

Mail Tribune- Our View: Sentencing Reform pays dividends– evidently paying off quite well in Oregon

The Californian- Prop 47 Impact: Drug Courts may lose grip on felons– As a reminder: Drug Courts vary significantly between the counties they exist in. I’m inclined to agree with the author, it’s seems unlikely to me offenders would opt for a rigorous drug court that requires a 100 day minimum in jail, when it’s possible their misdemeanor sentence would be shorter. But I doubt that deterrent would be as significant if the Drug Court simply didn’t require a mandatory jail stay, and instead use jail as a disincentive for non compliance, like, well what my impression is, most drug courts do. I can’t speak to the rest of the drug courts of California, but if they don’t require as harsh a jail stay, they may not be as threatened by the lack of felony sentencing.

AL news- Alabama among nation’s leaders in moving away from youth incarceration, study says– certainly a contrast to Alabama’s reputation for incarceration.

The Marshall Project- Kids are different– In addition to a review of recent changes or otherwise steps towards to changing juvenile incarceration practices, also provides some interesting follow up too on some “restorative justice” practices that began in California schools recently, that have apparently significantly reduced suspensions.

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