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January 9, 2006

Interesting state sentencing items in the papers

A few local newspapers have some very interesting sentencing items this morning:

  • This Baltimore Sun commentary calls upon Maryland's Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy to do something about the fact that "low-level, nonviolent drug offenders in Maryland are often imprisoned when they would be better off in treatment, and they are often locked up for longer periods than those who commit more violent crimes."

  • This Mongomery Advertiser editorial contends that "Alabama's prison system is broken.  Unless the Legislature musters the political will to fix it, the state could soon face a major crisis."

  • This Anchorage Daily News story discusses three Alaska bills designed to "get tougher on sex crimes." The article notes that, according to one official, "Alaska has one of the highest rates per capita of sexual offenders in the country."

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