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We Should Cap Prison Sentences at 20 Years

Or at least assess all inmates at that point, argues writer

(Newser) - With talk of reforming the criminal justice system gaining steam, a writer at Democracy makes the case for a controversial idea: maximum sentences of 20 years for nearly all prisoners. Lots of attention has been paid to the long mandatory sentences doled out to nonviolent drug offenders, but Marc Mauer... More »

Alleged Identity Thief Serves Prison Time as Victim

Gregory Harville wanted health care benefits

(Newser) - San Francisco police collared a man this week for allegedly stealing an old friend's identity and using it to get a job and health benefits. The twist: Gregory Harville, 58, also paid traffic tickets and served time in state prison under the victim's name, SF Weekly reports. The... More »

Letterman Blackmailer to Plead Guilty Today

Deal for Robert Halderman includes 6 months in prison

(Newser) - Accused David Letterman blackmailer Robert Halderman will have that “accused” dropped today when he pleads guilty to extorting the late night host for $2 million. According to details of the deal obtained by the New York Post , Halderman will serve 6 months in jail and 4½ years of probation,... More »

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