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Jailed for Murders He Didn’t Commit, Detroit Youth Davontae Sanford Can’t Collect from City

A judge hits the desk or bench with a Gavel during a trial.

Davontae Sanford spent years in prison for a crime he was found to never have committed. Under a new Detroit law making wrongly convicted inmates eligible for $50,000 compensation per year of incarceration, Sanford’s new lawyers obtained a $408,000 award for him.

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Congress Handily Clears “First Step” Criminal Justice Reform Bill

A birds eye view of the U.S. Congress

On December 18, by an unexpectedly large 87-12 margin, the Senate passed the “First Step” criminal justice reform bill, setting the stage for final action (House approval of the Senate’s changes and presidential signature). Two days later, the House of Representatives cleared the Senate-passed bill, which President Trump has pledged, by …

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Sentencing Reform: With Time Running Out, Revised First Step Act Emerges

The inside of the House of Representatives

A legislative session’s final days can be unpredictable, and the revised First Step Act still has some hardline opponents. But with more states, including some generally conservative ones, adopting their own sentencing reform bills, it looks increasingly likely Congress may do something similar for federal crimes in 2018.

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