Professor Douglas Berman, an expert on criminal law and sentencing, was recently interviewed by the New York Times for an article titled, “U.S. Prison Population Remained Stable as Pandemic Grew.” “There are going to be less (prisoners) going in because […]
An expert on criminal law and procedure, Professor Douglas A. Berman was recently quoted in an article by Law360 titled, “In Dissent: Why 2 Justices Keep Spotlighting Career Offenders.” “As a justice, you might be trying to figure out, is […]
Professor Douglas Berman was recently featured on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher discussing the death penalty in the state of Ohio. An expert on sentencing law and policy, Berman is featured alongside Laura Bischoff (State Government Reporter, Dayton Daily News), Andrew Welsh-Huggins (Legal […]
“Given that then-VP Joe Biden appeared in the last volume, I would have liked to now see an essay by current VP Mike Pence on these topics,” Berman writes.
“We’re at the stage of marijuana reform 2.0,” Berman said.
“I just think the political forces facilitating the status quo are still so strong,” Berman said.
“No one’s yet to see any significant backlash on either side for being either abolitionist or disinclined to support the death penalty,” Berman said.
“There is no limit to how much you can discriminate against a person with a criminal record,” Berman said.
“It makes so much sense to ship the elderly out,” Berman said. “They are so low-risk and such high-cost that we should just get them home.”
“For the prosecutors that work for Mosby, this may be a way to empower them, or at least free them up to work on other matters that they think are much more important,” Berman said. “It may be exactly the flip for the police force. The rank-and-file police may think it’s important to be able to do further investigation based on some suspicion of marijuana activity.”
Owing to changes in the First Step Act, it is possible that Paul Manafort’s 7½ -year sentence could be reduced by 378 days, he said.
“For many prosecutors, there’s an inclination not to allow a defendant to benefit from cooperation so late in the day,” Berman said.