Capping Prison Sentences

December 9th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

The United States has the highest rate of imprisonment in the world. According to figures published by the BBC, 737 out of every 100,000 Americans are currently in jail. The only other country that comes anywhere near that rate is Russia (615 per 100,000 in prison). Marc Mauer, the executive director of The Sentencing Project, […]

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Reforms for elder criminal justice in Texas?

December 28th, 2012 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

In keeping with our series discussing criminal justice reforms for certain demographics, today’s post explores the proposal recently advanced by a federal judge concerning criminal sentencing of the elderly. The judge published his views after concurring in the dismissal of a recent criminal appeal filed on behalf of a 46-year-old defendant. A lower court had […]

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Budget Constraints Could Mean Critically Ill Inmates Being Released from Texas Prisons

March 4th, 2011 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Texas lawmakers latest proposal to cut the budget may benefit a number of individuals currently residing in Texas prisons. With a state budget shortage in excess of $27 billion, legislative budget makers are looking for ways to reduce government funding, including reducing the state prison budget. A current budgetary debate about prison funding is whether […]

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