Britany Riley  //  11/26/17  //  Topic Update


Attorney General Sessions announced nearly $100 million in grant funding for local police departments to hire additional officers (The Hill).

The Trump administration has cracked the “law and order” whip, but taken a hands-off approach with law enforcement (NYT).

The Justice Department argued that federal prisoners serving longer prison terms than allowed by law are not entitled to challenge their sentence in court, and it urged the Supreme Court to deny review in just such a case, notes Adam Liptak for The New York Times.

The Supreme Court should strike down life-without-parole sentences for juvenileswrites the New York Times Editorial Board.

  • There are not five votes to strike down life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, argues Douglas Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy

Will the Supreme Court kill the death penalty this term? Jordan Rubin offers analysis at Bloomberg News.


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Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.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