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Why 15-Year-Old Travion Blount Got More Than 6 Life Sentences for a Crime in Which No One Was Hurt

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as one of his last acts in office, reduced the sentence of a 23-year-old African-American inmate named Travion Blount to 40 years in prison, making him eligible for release at age 55.

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Court Limits No-Parole Life Terms for Juveniles

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles convicted of murder. The 5-4 vote found that such sentences constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Mubarak’s Health in Decline

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is in failing health, slipping in and out of consciousness a week after he was sentenced to life in prison and confined to a prison hospital.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Bureaucrat Torpedoes Plea for a Presidential Pardon

The prosecutor and trial judge urged federal officials to commute Clarence Aaron’s sentence, but the Justice Department had other ideas.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Connecticut Abolishes Capital Punishment

Connecticut this week became the 17th state to abolish the death penalty, replacing it with an ultimate punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Stevens v. Scalia

Now that retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens no longer has to see his former colleague Justice Antonin Scalia in the lunchroom every day, he’s free to tell tales out of the top court, which he did earlier this month in a speech criticizing Scalia’s handling of a case from 1991.

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Top Court Revamps Life Sentence Rules for Underage Criminals

The U.S. Supreme Court changed the future fortunes of minors accused of less severe crimes than murder on Monday, ruling in a 6-3 decision that doling out life sentences with no chance of parole in those cases would amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


Italian Prisoners Ask for Death

More than 300 of Italy’s life-sentence prisoners have signed a letter asking the Italian president to reinstate the death penalty and change their sentences.  Italy is one of the world’s leading opponents of execution and even allows prisoners serving life sentences conditional release after years of good behavior. But the inmates who signed the letter seem to feel that life behind bars is not worth living.

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