Court Rejects a Murder Conviction and Sentences in Blackwater Case

A federal appeals court tossed out sentences and a verdict stemming from a shooting in Baghdad in 2007 that left 31 Iraqi civilians dead or wounded.

States Trim Penalties and Prison Rolls, Even as Sessions Gets Tough

By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. May 18, 2017 Louisiana has the nation’s highest incarceration rate. But this week, Gov. John Bel Edwards struck a deal to reduce sentences and the prison population, saving millions annually. If lawmakers approve the...

5 Years in Prison, or 20? How Sessions’s Get-Tough Policy Would Alter Terms

By SHAILA DEWAN May 18, 2017 The federal courts in San Diego are full of cases like this: a 22-year-old man caught driving a car loaded with 33 kilograms of hidden methamphetamine — worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — across the Mexican...