Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court’s Truth Teller

In her opinions, Justice Sotomayor explains how Supreme Court cases are part of a larger unfolding story of where the country finds itself. 

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Supreme Court Limits Sweep of Law on Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Violent felonies committed recklessly do not count in deciding whether 15-year terms are required under the Armed Career Criminal Act, the justices ruled.

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How a Former Drug Dealer Charts a Path for New York’s Renewal

After receiving a 30-year prison sentence, John Gargano won clemency, then rebuilt his career twice. Like New York City, he’s back on his game.

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Supreme Court Rejects Limits on Life Terms for Youths

The court, which has for years been cutting back on harsh punishments for juvenile offenders, changed course in a 6-to-3 decision.

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Indicted Gaetz Associate Is Said to Be Cooperating With Justice Dept.

Joel Greenberg, a former elected official in Florida, has been talking to federal investigators since last year about the conduct of Representative Matt Gaetz and others.

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Outside Trump’s Inner Circle, Odds Are Long for Getting Clemency

President Trump has doled out pardons to friends and fellow Republicans. Thousands of others without connections have largely been left out.

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It Was a Landmark Crime Bill. Then a State Senator Added a Special Favor.

The clause to weaken penalties for official misconduct in New Jersey was added by a powerful Democrat whose girlfriend’s son faces five years in prison.

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D.C. Passes Bill to Give Young Offenders Chance at Reduced Sentences

Fueled by a debate over when the justice system should consider young people adults, the legislation would apply to those under 25 when they committed a crime who have served at least 15 years.

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Supreme Court Considers How to Decide if Teenagers Should Serve Life Without Parole

The justices considered precedents that said only “permanently incorrigible” juvenile offenders ought be sentenced to die in prison.

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Louisiana Man Sentenced to Life Over Theft of Hedge Clippers Is Granted Parole

Before 2017, a person in Louisiana could be sentenced to life in prison after receiving a fourth nonviolent conviction under the state’s habitual offender law.

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Law to Reduce Crack Cocaine Sentences Leaves Some Imprisoned

Critics say the First Step Act is being applied too arbitrarily by judges who are taking a hard line when it comes to revisiting nonviolent drug sentences.

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How Mandatory Minimums Are Weaponized

After a protest, two Brooklyn lawyers are each facing 45 years behind bars.

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Sentenced for Three Strikes, Then Freed. Now Comes a Pushback.

Measures that softened California’s sentencing laws are headed for the ballot again.

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No Death Sentences for Minor Offenses

Releasing more inmates could help stem the spread of the coronavirus in and outside of prisons and jails.

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