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Douglas Berman

Douglas Berman

Professor Douglas Berman featured in New York Times article concerning prison capacity during COVID-19

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 […]

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Professor Douglas Berman quoted in Law360 article discussing U.S. Supreme Court Justices focusing on career offenders

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 […]

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Professor Douglas Berman featured on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher discussing the death penalty in Ohio

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 […]

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Trump Adviser Kushner Joins Democratic Candidates in Calls for Justice Reform

 “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. 

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Social Equity Becomes Key Question in Pot Legalization

“We’re at the stage of marijuana reform 2.0,” Berman said.

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Federal marijuana reform may be entering new era, even if high hurdles remain

“I just think the political forces facilitating the status quo are still so strong,” Berman said.

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Why the Death Penalty Has Lost Support From Both Parties

“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.

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The Future of Marijuana Expungements is Automation

“There is no limit to how much you can discriminate against a person with a criminal record,” Berman said.

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He Committed a $300 Million Fraud, but Left Prison Under Trump’s Justice Overhaul

“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.”

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For Weed Arrests in Baltimore, It’s Catch-and-Release Season

“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.”

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Manafort will probably serve only 6.5 years

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. 

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Time’s Running Out in Michael Cohen’s Bid for a Reduced Prison Sentence

“For many prosecutors, there’s an inclination not to allow a defendant to benefit from cooperation so late in the day,” Berman said. 

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