March 10, 2023 By Paul Wallin
Defense Attorney

A Republican-Sponsored Bill Would Block Early Prison Release for Federal Carjacking Offenders

Carjacking is a serious crime that has caused growing concern among many communities in the United States. In recent years, carjacking cases have become increasingly common, making it a critical issue for legislators to address. To this end, US Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas recently proposed legislation that would block federal prison inmates convicted of carjacking from being eligible for early release.

Under the proposed measure, inmates who are convicted of carjacking would be required to serve at least 85% of their sentence before they could be considered for early release. This change is part of a broader package of criminal justice reform efforts in Washington, DC, and could have far-reaching implications for sentencing guidelines and public safety.

The proposed measure has been met with both support and criticism from various groups, including criminal justice reform advocates who argue that early release should be available to some inmates as a means of giving them a second chance at life after serving their time. On the other hand, proponents of Cotton’s legislation point out that carjacking is an especially dangerous crime that should be met with severe punishment. Ultimately, the fate of Cotton’s proposed measure will likely rest with Congress and the president. If approved, it could have a significant impact on sentencing guidelines and public safety across the country.

Paul Wallin, the senior partner of Wallin and Klarich, a criminal defense firm with over 40+ years of history, believes that the proposed change is more symbolic than pragmatic. Given the bill’s limitations to federal carjackings, which comprise a small minority of carjacking convictions, it would make this specific federal crime quite an anomaly amongst its peers. The bill, Wallin explains, would make federal carjackings an anomaly insofar as other equally serious federal crimes would not be burdened by the block on early release. Additionally, carjackings have naturally been on a sharp decline over the last 25 years, so this bill would not add anything to the trend, but rather detract from the rights of the inmates, some of which have honestly reformed and earned an earlier release.

To read more of Paul’s interview with ABC7, click [HERE]

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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