2017 Florida bills propose a variety of criminal justice reforms

2017 Florida bills propose a variety of criminal justice reforms. A Florida Senate Bill (SB 290) sponsored by Criminal Justice and Darryl Rouson (D) proposes ending mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses, allowing judges to depart from the 118 mandatory minimum sentences under Florida law. The bill would exclude drug trafficking, violent offenses, and offenses…

FL Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana (Cannabidiol compounds, CBD)

Florida residents may soon vote on a constitutional amendment regarding medical marijuana. The proposed amendment (Amendment 2) can be viewed here (and below). A “yes” vote for Amendment 2 would create a Constitutional Right for use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions, which are defined such that, “Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive…

U.S. Supreme Court: “Three Strikes” Law is “unconstitutional” and violation of due process

The case is Johnson versus United States. U.S. Supreme Court rules (8 to 1) to strike “Three Strikes” Law as “unconstitutional “ and a violation of due process and “unconstitutionally vague.” Justice Alito was the sole dissenting opinion. The main holding: Imposing an increased sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act’s residual clause violates due…