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Drug sentences set to get shorter for most low-level offenders — unless GOP derails measure

Up to 70 percent of all federal drug offenses could carry shorter prison sentences if the recommendation passed on Thursday by an agency that advises U.S. federal judges on sentencing is not opposed by Congress. The U.S. Sentencing Commission’s recommendation reflects a policy supported by the Obama administration to bring…

Federal prison accused of piling sandbags around feces-eating inmate instead of treating him

Federal prison officials have agreed to transfer and treat an inmate who was eating his own feces after they were accused in court of placing sandbags around his cell to cover up the smell instead of giving him medical care. The Atlantic‘s Andrew Cohen reported that Justice Department lawyers showed…

Alabama man sentenced to prison for tweeting ‘let’s kill the president’

A judge has sentenced an Alabama man to federal prison for threatening President Barack Obama on Twitter, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr. sentenced 26-year-old Jarvis Britton of Birmingham to one year in prison for threatening the life of Obama. He must serve…

U.S. man gets 17 years prison on terror charges

BOSTON, Massachusetts — A US District judge sentenced a Boston man to 17.5 years in federal prison Thursday on charges of plotting to kill Americans by joining militants in Yemen and spreading Al-Qaeda publicity. US District Judge George O’Toole delivered his sentence to Tarek Mehanna, 29, after a two-hour hearing.…

Welcome to the state of North Carolina, Bernie Madoff!

Bernard Madoff, #61727-054, will be heading to the Tar Heel State’s federal prison in Butner. He was given a 150-year prison sentence last month for an elaborate Ponzi scheme that ripped off thousands of victims. Madoff will be joining several other well-known inmates at Butner. They include Omar Abdel-Rahman, the…

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