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Obama calls for shorter sentences for nonviolent convicts

Calling it an issue America can't afford to ignore, President Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision Thursday for fixing the criminal justice system by focusing on communities, courtrooms and cellblocks. He announced a federal review of the use of solitary confinement and urged Congress to pass a sentencing reform bill by year's end.

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Derrick Hamilton, center, hugs his wife Nicole outside a courtroom after he was exonerated Friday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Derrick Hamilton, center, hugs his wife Nicole outside a courtroom after he was exonerated Friday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Brooklyn man’s murder conviction vacated after 21 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) -- A 1991 murder conviction was vacated on Friday after prosecutors told a New York City judge that the state's key witness had lied about who did it, a case linked to a retired detective at the center of dozens of wrongful conviction claims.

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Booker wants to reform criminal justice system

New Jersey’s junior U.S. Senator introduced legislation Tuesday to reform what he called a broken criminal justice system.

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NJ Chief Justice Touts Need for Speedy Trial Law

The New Jersey Supreme Court has released the long-awaited report of the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice. The recommendations for major changes to the state’s criminal justice process include bail reforms and the enactment of a speedy trial law.

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Attorney General Eric Holder Proposes Changes in Criminal Justice System

With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder called Monday for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes.

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