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Thousands of Drug Offenders Get New Shot at Clemency

White House calls for 'justice, fairness, proportionality'

(Newser) - Thousands of nonviolent drug offenders now serving long sentences in federal prisons could receive clemency from President Obama under a major Department of Justice overhaul. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that "a larger field of eligible individuals" will be eligible for clemency under new guidelines and the administration... More »

Money Is Driving End of 'Draconian' Drug Sentences

Brad Plumer looks at the DOJ's budget

(Newser) - In announcing yesterday that it planned to do away with "draconian" mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders, the Justice Department is righting an injustice, right? As Eric Holder explained it, "Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good... More »

'Innocent' NC Men Sit in Prison on Gun Convictions

Justice Department won't release scores who didn't technically break law

(Newser) - The Justice Department refuses to release scores of North Carolina inmates that it acknowledges are innocent—lack of guilt that many of the inmates themselves aren't even aware of. A USA Today investigation identified more than 60 men who essentially became innocent overnight last year, when an appeals court... More »

Blago Seeks Prison Rehab

Ex-gov granted extra month of freedom

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich is seeking to join a substance abuse program in federal prison, but some suspect the disgraced former Illinois governor is trying to shave time off his sentence rather than deal with a genuine drug or alcohol problem. Under federal guidelines, Blagojevich is likely to serve just under 12... More »

Drug Lords Sneak Strippers Into Federal Jail

Lawyers simply list them as 'legal assistants' according to report

(Newser) - It may sound like the plot of a porn movie, but lawyers say drug lords in Miami’s maximum security Federal Detention Center are getting regular visits from pole dancers, right under officials’ noses. How? Their lawyers simply list the girls as “legal assistants,” and the FDC lets... More »

Hispanics Now the Majority Sent to Federal Prison

Big demographic shift attributable to immigration offenses

(Newser) - With immigration offenses on the rise, more than half of those sent to federal prison for felonies this year are Hispanic. Though Hispanics already outnumbered other ethnic groups in that category, this is the first year they have been the majority of such offenders, the AP reports. A new government... More »

Cop in BART Killing Gets Out After a Year

Former transit officer Johannes Mehserle served one year behind bars

(Newser) - A former Oakland transit cop convicted of shooting and killing an unarmed man on a subway platform last year was freed today after a year in prison, reports CNN . Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years for involuntary manslaughter, but he received one day of good conduct credit for each... More »

Inmate Sued for Suing Stevie Wonder, 3,799 Others

Feds want flood of frivolous suits to end

(Newser) - Federal inmate Jonathan Lee Riches has sued Stevie Wonder. He's sued George W. Bush. He's sued Michael Vick and Martha Stewart. He's sued the philosopher Plato and the ex-planet Pluto. Riches has filed more than 3,800 lawsuits while in jail—many of them against people or entities that can't... More »

Vick Repeats as Biggest Sports Villain

Forbes list of most disliked athletes has a new name: Tiger Woods

(Newser) - Michael Vick has been out of federal prison for almost a year , but the Eagles quarterback still has some image-polishing to do: For the second straight year, he tops the Forbes list of most disliked people in sports . New for 2010 are Ben Roethlisberger and how-the-mighty-have-fallen poster child Tiger Woods,... More »

Madoff Has $9B Secret Stash: Fellow Inmate

Former partner knows where it is, may cut deal

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff has a secret stash, and his partner in crime knows where it is. The Ponzi schemer has told fellow federal prisoners he funneled $9 billion to three people—“I think it was personal friends,” the source tells the New York Post —and he suspects Frank... More »

Prisoner Madoff: 'F*** My Victims'

Ponzi schemer serving 150-year sentence becomes celeb in prison

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff isn't wasting time fretting over the lives he ruined and the fortunes he destroyed. Shortly after he arrived at a federal prison in North Carolina last summer, another inmate was pestering him about the people he had duped, and the Ponzi schemer lost his patience. "Fuck my... More »

Madoff Was Beaten in Prison

Burly fellow inmate broke his nose, fractured his ribs over apparent debt

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff suffered a broken nose, fractured ribs, and cuts on his face in a prison beating in December, a fellow prisoner tells the Wall Street Journal . One prison source said the assailant thought Madoff owed him money, and another said the assailant was a muscular man serving time for... More »

Erin Andrews' Stalker Sentenced to 2½ Years

ESPN reporter sought harsher punishment for peeping tom

(Newser) - The Illinois insurance executive who followed Erin Andrews around the country and shot nude videos of her at hotels was sentenced to 2½ years in prison today. The ESPN reporter was in court in Los Angeles to see Michael Barrett, 48, learn his fate. At a December court hearing where... More »

Dem Ex-Con Traficant Mulls Another House Run

Populist former representative wants back in after 7 years for fraud

(Newser) - Jim Traficant is betting his brand of populism has survived the 7 years he’s been away from Ohio politics, and is exploring a run for the House of Representatives that spooks both parties. Traficant says the recent victory of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts is indicative of popular outrage,... More »

Madoff Injured by Falling Out of Bed: Source

Ponzi schemer has facial fractures; lawyer blames dizziness

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff has been receiving medical care for injuries suffered when he fell out of bed and apparently landed on his face. The Ponzi schemer was taken to Duke University Medical Center in Durham on Friday and treated for multiple facial fractures, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung, sources tell... More »

TI Leaves Jail, Heads to Halfway House

Rapper moves after 7 months of 1-year gun sentence

(Newser) - Rapper TI left jail today after serving about 7 months of his 1-year sentence, heading from the low-security facility in Arkansas to a halfway house in his hometown of Atlanta. The 29-year-old, whose real name is Clifford Harris, will likely remain there until March, XXL reports, under a federal sentence... More »

Martha Stewart: I Lost a Billion Bucks in Prison

She laments loss to 'mankind,' smack talks Rachael Ray

(Newser) - Martha Stewart says she lost more than a billion dollars by going to prison, but don’t cry for her: it’s humanity that lost out. In an interview to air tonight on Nightline , Stewart laments having been “prosecuted in such a way,” saying she lost an “... More »

Ill. Dems Rally Around Plan to Take Gitmo Prisoners

Quinn, Durbin say detainees at empty prison would create 3,000 jobs

(Newser) - Illinois' governor and senior senator spent yesterday feverishly trying to regain momentum on their plan to use a nearly empty maximum-security prison 150 miles from Chicago to house Gitmo detainees. With federal officials visiting Thomson Correctional Center today, local GOP lawmakers had gone on the offense Saturday, calling it a... More »

Prison in Illinois May Replace Gitmo

Thompson site is top contender, but local congressmen are opposed

(Newser) - The leading contender to take Guantanamo Bay's prisoners when it shuts down is a federal prison in Illinois, sources tell the Chicago Tribune . The near-empty facility in the small town of Thompson, about 150 miles west of Chicago, would take an unspecified but "limited" number of Gitmo's remaining 215... More »

Madoff Trustee Sues Relatives for Not 'Doing Their Jobs'

$199M suit spreads blame to firm's execs

(Newser) - The trustee in the Bernie Madoff case, delivering on his threat to sue the imprisoned fraudster's relatives and co-workers, filed a $199 million lawsuit today in bankruptcy court. Rather than alleging that they knew about Bernie's Ponzi scheme, Irving Picard's complaint takes issue with the way brother Peter, sons Mark... More »

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