The inaugural issue of the Vermont Innovative Practices Newsletter for Criminal Justice Professionals is available here.
On December 5, 2013, Human Rights Watch issued a report on how U.S. federal prosecutors force drug defendants to plead guilty. The report, entitled “An Offer You Can’t Refuse,” may be downloaded here.
Related to this topic is U.S. District Judge Gleeson’s (E.D.N.Y.) Statement of Reasons in U.S. v. Kupa, issued on October 9, 2013, discussing federal prosecutors’ abuse of their power to dramatically increase mandatory minimum sentences by filing so-called §851 informations in drug trafficking cases. The Statement of Reasons in U.S. v. Kupa may be downloaded here.
Vermont Department of Corrections powerpoint presentation regarding the risk reduction program changes for 2013-14 is available here.
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