Criminal Justice

Utah Senator Meets Inmate Who Inspired Sentencing Law Rewrite

Sen. Mike Lee has told the story of Weldon Angelos’ prison term hundreds of times, describing the 55-year sentence over three marijuana sales in 72 hours as “crazy” and “nuts.”

What You Missed: Senate Hearing on Crime-Related Mental Health Issues
 

Warren Hammers Lax Wall St. Legal System
 

SOTU to Focus on ‘Future Generations’

White House Defers to DOJ Over Missouri Protests
 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Monday deferred to the Justice Department when pressed whether the administration considered the protests at the University of Missouri to be civil rights violations, following a series of protests over racism at the university.

Durbin Touts Sentencing Overhaul
 

Following an enthusiastic press conference Thursday morning, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., discussed the details of the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act on the Senate floor, a long-anticipated bill to overhaul sentencing provisions and give judges flexibility on mandatory minimum sentences.

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on Federal Prison System
 

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing on the federal prison system. Department of Justice officials and Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” are among the witnesses expected to testify.