Join me and a host of experts at the Dallas national Prisoners’ Family Conference. Learn how to care for yourself while helping your Loved One. The plenary speakers are dynamic; the quiet times shared with others in your situation will enrich your life. Do join us!
Steve Martin consults across the country on prison issues. He is an expert with all the experience: he’s been a guard, a lawyer, general counsel, and now activist. And what he is saying is that prison policy must change to save the lives of guards. It’s the right thing to do for inmates, too. Return to a system where death-row inmates and those in solitary confinement can earn their way to rewards and even out of solitary. These positive incentives help guards keep control and reward the Good Guys. This makes so much sense that we have to wonder why it isn’t that way now.
Between the U.S. Senate and the U.S. attorney’s Office, there’s optimism and news about drug sentencing. The Senate passed a bill with three key provisions: make crack cocaine sentencing provisions for drugs retroactive; cut mandatory/minimum in half; and grant judges discretion. Then Eric Holder appealed to the pubic and all state bars to forward names/cases that need reviewing for pardons. Amazing! Let’s hope these two acts, together, allow many inmates to get out and get new lives.
The Supreme Court has reserved immunity in most cases involving prosecutors. Many of the circuit courts have, also. The 7th Circuit, however, has carved out a wee nitch that might allow those wronged by the legal system to fight back. The Washington Post has investigated and analyzed major arguments and cases in an article worth reading: