Eve Levin  //  7/16/17  //  Topic Update


A DOJ watchdog report criticized the use of solitary confinement for mentally ill federal inmates (WaPoThe Marshall Project).

Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall asked the Supreme Court not to review Michigan's sex offender ruling (Sentencing Law and Policy).

  • Read the SG’s amicus brief here.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at a DARE Training Conference about drug issues and federal prosecutorial policies (DOJ Justice News).

The United States Sentencing Commission released a new publication that examines the use of mandatory minimum penalties and the impact of those penalties on the federal prison population (United States Sentencing Commission).

  • Read the full report here

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

The White House conducts a "listening session" with criminal justice reform advocates focused on prisoner re-entry. The Justice Department is heightening efforts to increase the use of capital punishment.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

The Attorney General announced stepped-efforts to address the opioid crisis.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School