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The prosecutor in the case of George Zimmerman called the conduct of the defense lawyer 'a slippery slope' in pleading with the judge Friday to impose a gag order on all attorneys.
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The prosecutor in the case of a former neighborhood watch leader accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager in central Florida called the conduct of the defense lawyer "a slippery slope" in pleading with the judge Friday to impose a gag order on all attorneys.

Published in Current Events

By Ashley Lopez | 01.31.12 | 8:27 am

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The National Institute on Money in State Politics released a report yesterday that highlights the money behind the state’s renewed plans to privatize state prisons.

Even though a judge struck down the state’s plans to privatize prisons in some regions of the state last year, the Legislature has fast-tracked bills this session to allow them to take another stab at last year’s plans. In just a few weeks the state’s plans have passed through two committees and are ready for a floor vote.

Published in Current Events
March 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM by AHN   Tom Ramstack – AHN News Legal Correspondent
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Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) – The Supreme Court plans to deal with a vexing dilemma next week of when criminals who commit murder are too young to be sentenced to long prison terms.

The hearing involves separate cases of two boys who committed brutal murders when they were 14 years old.

They both were sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole, which prompted outrage among advocates of juvenile justice.

They accuse the courts of brutality for failing to recognize that the boys’ immaturity might have contributed to their criminal behavior.

Alabama’s Equal Justice Initiative, which will argue the case next week on behalf of the defendants, says life in prison for children violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban against “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Published in Prison Legal News
Monday, 02 January 2012 17:49

Texas still top state for the death penalty

By Anna M. Tinsley

TEXAS - With six executions scheduled for the first three months of 2012 -- and more than twice as many executions as any other state on the books last year -- Texas is poised to continue leading the nation in executions despite a nationwide slowdown in capital punishment.


Published in Prison Legal News
By Tom Brown
MIAMI | Thu May 12, 2011 10:57am EDT

(Reuters) - Florida has opened the doors to one of the biggest prison privatization programs in U.S. history, as the cash-strapped state looks to cut the cost of keeping more than 100,000 people behind bars.

The privatization plan, touted by the industry as "an important milestone" for the private prison business, was approved by the Republican-dominated Florida legislature as part of a budget deal hammered out last week.

Private prison operators have already made big inroads in states like Texas and New Mexico. But Florida has the third largest state prison system in the United States, and no other state has sought to privatize so many lock-ups at any one time.

Published in Prison Legal News

Tier of Prison Cells
Posted: 10:46 AM May 5, 2011
From civil citations for juveniles instead of lock-up to loosened restrictions allowing former inmates to find work, bills aimed at decreasing Florida’s prison population are sailing toward passage.
Reporter: Margie Menzel, The News Service of Florid

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 4, 2011.....After more than a decade during which the Republican mantra was to get tougher on criminals, measures aimed at more gently helping some criminals and ex-offenders break a cycle of incarceration and recidivism – while saving the state money – are quietly becoming law this year.

From civil citations for juveniles instead of lock-up to loosened restrictions allowing former inmates to find work, bills aimed at decreasing Florida’s prison population are sailing toward passage.

Published in Prison Legal News