April 29, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
The Giza Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced 69 Muslim Brotherhood supporter to 25 years in prison for attacking and burning a church in a village near Cairo in 2013 during protests against former president Mohamed Morsi. In addition, Judge Mohamed Nagi Shehata also sentenced two other juvenile ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The legislative body of Maldives, the People's Majlis, amended the Prison and Parole Act on Monday to remove an inmate's right to membership in a political party. The measure is known as the Bill on Amendment to the Prison and Parole Act, Act No. 14/2013. Critics of the measure claim the law was ...[read more]
March 20, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Supreme Court of Florida on Thursday ordered re-sentencing hearings for four individuals who were convicted of felonies as juveniles. The court ruled that new sentences must comply with two US Supreme Court decisions. One of which says juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison if they ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Washington state legislature proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph introduced Senate Bill 136 to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by William Helbling
Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was granted a one-month medical parole Monday by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice for treatment of neurodegeneration. Chen, 64, is currently in the fourth year of his 20-year sentence for corruption. While in prison Chen has been suffering from depression, ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
Israel's Knesset Plenum on Tuesday announced their approval of the second and third readings of Parole Bill (amendment no. 14). The bill, proposed by MK Ayelet Shaked, will limit the power of the government to free prisoners as part of foreign relations prisoner swaps by allowing judges to label ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that former governor Jennifer Granholm overstepped her constitutional bounds when she withdrew her commutation of man's life prison sentence. Matthew Makowski was convicted of first-degree felony murder in 1989 for the stabbing of a 19-year-old man and was ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The California Attorney General's Office on Thursday appealed a federal judge's decision striking down two sentencing laws. Judge Lawrence Karlton held that the laws were unconstitutional because they affected the punishment for crimes committed before the laws were enacted. Marsy's Law, ...[read more]
March 3, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled Friday that two state laws are unconstitutional because they alter the sentences of crimes that were committed before the laws came into effect. Marsy's Law, otherwise known as the "Victims' Bill of Rights," was passed ...[read more]

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