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After 9th DWI, Houston Guy Gets Life in the Slammer

Donald Middleton's Texas driver's license was still valid when he was busted the 9th time

(Newser) - Donald Middleton of Texas has been gathering DWI convictions since Ronald Reagan was first elected president, and with nine to his name, he's now been sent to prison for life, per the Houston Chronicle . Montgomery County Judge Kathleen Hamilton issued the sentence to the 56-year-old Houston man on Tuesday... More »

America's Prisoners Cost You $260 a Year

Mandatory minimums, repeat-offender laws spiking prison numbers: report

(Newser) - A new report from a branch of the Brookings Institution notes that the US spent $80 billion on incarceration in 2010, an expense that translates into each American paying $260 per year to house our criminals. That's up from $77 per US resident in 1980, reports CBS News . With... More »

Halfway Houses Actually Increase Repeat Crime

67% of Pa. inmates sent to one were rearrested, in prison, within 3 years: study

(Newser) - The New York Times calls the study "groundbreaking" and "startling": Inmates who stayed at one of the halfway houses on which Pennsylvania spends $110 million a year had an increased chance of committing another crime. The study, conducted by the Pennsylvania Corrections Department, found that 60% of inmates... More »

Louisiana Man Gets Life for Marijuana

Repeat offender Cornell Hood gets long time in joint

(Newser) - A Louisiana man convicted of marijuana possession for the fourth time has been sentenced to life in prison. A judge threw the book at 35-year-old Cornell Hood, using the state's tough repeat-offender law. Hood had previously admitted to three earlier charges of distributing marijuana and possession with intent to... More »

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