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"Momentum builds for 'second look' legislation that allows inmates to get their sentences cut," by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, May 19, 2021
"Second Look, Second Chance: Reevaluating Lengthy Sentences," by Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report, May 12, 2021
"Prosecutors Must Add Sentencing Review Units To Their Offices," by Molly Greene, The Appeal, February 25, 2021
"Oakland prosecutor takes steps to resentence 'juvenile lifers'," by Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, February 16, 2021
"A second look at unjust prison terms," by Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Los Angeles Daily News, January 12, 2021
"NACDL Releases Model State ‘Second Look’ Legislation," Justice Roundtable, December 15, 2020
"D.C. Passes Bill to Give Young Offenders Chance at Reduced Sentences," by Hailey Fuchs, New York Times, December 15, 2020
"NACDL releases model "Second Look" sentencing legislation providing for resentencing after a decade in prison," by Sentencing Law and Policy Blog, Sentencing Law and Policy Blog, December 10, 2020