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Audio Link 5.1: Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll of Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Description: The challenges with mandatory minimums are discussed.
Audio Link 5.2: High Court Expands Defendants' Plea Bargain Rights
Description: For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that defendants have a constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel in plea bargains.
Video Link 5.1: Walgreens Robber Sentence Reduced to Shock Probation
Description: An Abilene man convicted in a 2014 robbery of Wichita Falls drug store has a new sentence. Andrew Reynolds was originally sentenced to 8-years in prison for the robbery of the Walgreens located at 9th and Brook
Video Link 5.2: Man in revenge porn case gets "split sentence"
Description: A judge Monday affirmed an 18-year sentence for a "revenge porn" defendant who extorted thousands of dollars from women after posting their nude and sexually explicit photos on his website, but modified the term to allow his release from custody after eight years
Video Link 5.3: Thousands released early from prison under new sentencing guidelines
Description: Video highlights the release of thousands under the new sentencing guidelines.
Web Link 5.1: Victim Impact Statement
Description: Website for the National Center for Victims of Crime
Web Link 5.4: United States Sentencing Commission
Description: Website for the United States Sentencing Commission