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In the US, in 2011, six inmates at the New York state prison system, all inmates of color, were convicted of shoplifting clothing from Target.
The New York Daily News reported that the inmates were caught for stealing clothes from a women’s clothing store and then selling them online.
The prison was also named as a hub for selling and selling drugs, and inmates were also convicted of “bizarre” offenses including stealing food.
Inmates also allegedly used the prison to facilitate drug transactions.
The six men were sentenced to between two and five years in prison, but in October 2016, the US Supreme Court reversed the six-year sentences and ordered a retrial.
“We are not sure what the intent was of the judge, but it is fair to say that we were disappointed by the outcome,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told the New Yorker.
In October, the men’s lawyer, Michael L. Raskin, said that they would appeal.
“They did not receive the minimum sentence they were hoping for,” he told the magazine.
“The Supreme Court has given us an opportunity to get a different outcome and we are very confident that we will win.”
“But it’s a bad outcome,” Raskins added.
“Inmates have been incarcerated for life for stealing.
If the Supreme Court rules in our favor, we will be appealing that decision.”
“The Court has never said that a prison sentence should be the primary determinant of a defendant’s sentence, but if we can get a better result for our clients, then we will take that opportunity,” Raskingin added.
In December, another group of inmates at New York State’s prison system were convicted in the same fashion, and are now appealing their convictions.
In January, a federal appeals court upheld a federal sentencing judge’s ruling that all inmates convicted of drug crimes receive mandatory minimum sentences.
According to the Sentencing Project, which advocates for federal sentencing reform, “inmates who sell drugs at the maximum are not treated as violent criminals.
In fact, the Sentenced to Life Project found that only 3% of all inmates in federal prisons who were convicted for drug offenses received sentences of life in prison.”
“In contrast, a similar proportion of those who sell marijuana are,” the organization said.
“If prison sentences were the primary factor, this difference would have been a wash.”
“Prison sentences are designed to discourage nonviolent drug sales, not deter violent drug sales,” the Sentence Project said in a statement.
“There is no good evidence that prison sentences reduce crime, and there is no evidence that mandatory minimums deter crime.
In many states, mandatory minimum sentencing laws do not deter drug sales.
They have the opposite effect, by punishing dealers who can’t afford to pay their debts.”
The Sentenced To Life Project is currently appealing its convictions.
The federal appeals courts have not yet issued a decision on the inmates’ cases, but the Sentences Project has released a statement saying that “we are confident that our clients will prevail.”
“We will appeal the New Yorkers’ sentences to the U.S. Supreme Court,” the statement read.
“It’s clear that the federal government cannot simply decide to impose life sentences on drug dealers when it has already failed to punish the criminals who brought drugs to our streets in the first place.”
“A number of states have recently passed laws to address this issue, including the state of New York and Pennsylvania, where mandatory minimum penalties are being phased in,” the group said.
“[T]he federal government’s response to drug offenses is a failed response to the crime of trafficking, and the Sententies Project will continue to pursue the federal remedies to make our communities safer.”
“For us, these are life sentences for life,” said Anthony Romero, executive director of the Sentents Project.
“Our focus is to protect our community, and if we do not have the federal courts to provide the necessary relief for us, then our clients are going to win.”
The American Civil Liberties Union has also pushed for reform.
In April, the group filed a lawsuit on behalf of the six New York inmates, arguing that mandatory sentencing laws should not be used to punish drug dealers and that federal laws do have a deterrent effect.
“This is an issue that is very important to us,” Romero said.
Romero also noted that the prison system is “one of the biggest sources of funds for the prison industry.”
“So, if you think about it, we have this huge, massive, profit-making industry,” Romero added.
The Sentents’ project, meanwhile, has also worked with the American Civil Rights Union to create a petition to ask the US Department of Justice to review the state sentencing system.
“These people have been charged with crimes for which they have no defense,” Romero told Newsweek.
“Why are we