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October 22, 2018

Juvenile Life Without Parole: An Overview

Josh Rovner
The United States stands alone as the only nation that sentences people to life without parole for crimes committed before turning 18. This briefing paper reviews the Supreme Court precedents that limited the use of JLWOP and the challenges that remain.
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Marc Mauer Named  “Frederick Douglass 200” Awardee
October 20, 2018

Marc Mauer Named “Frederick Douglass 200” Awardee

The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer has been named a "Frederick Douglass 200" Awardee for his continued scholarship and advocacy that has impacted "anti-incarceration activism around the country."
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Theresa McIntyre Smith

In 1999, Theresa Smith was arrested at an airport after she met a drug courier in Roy Mercer’s network and according to the government, identified a suitcase containing eleven kilograms of cocaine for the courier. Smith said she had been told by Mercer that the suitcase contained his nieces’ clothes. For this first-time non-violent offense, Smith was sentenced to a ten-year mandatory prison term.
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Disenfranchisement News: Felony Disenfranchisement and the Midterm Elections
October 17, 2018

Disenfranchisement News: Felony Disenfranchisement and the Midterm Elections

More than 6 million people are ineligible to vote in the midterm elections in November 2018 because of a felony conviction.
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State Advocacy News: Criminal Justice Reform on the Ballot
September 29, 2018

State Advocacy News: Criminal Justice Reform on the Ballot

Proposed ballot measures this November include an expansion of voting rights for persons with felony convictions, sentencing reform, and addressing police use of force standards.
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July 26, 2017

Dr. Stanley Andrisse

From prison cells to PhD, Dr. Stanley Andrisse shares his transformation to inspire those impacted by the criminal justice system.
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Race & Justice News: DC Girls of Color Increasingly Arrested
September 26, 2018

Race & Justice News: DC Girls of Color Increasingly Arrested

Although arrests of boys in Washington, DC have declined in the last decade, arrests of girls have increased.
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How the Law Treats Kids Who Didn't Grow Up Like Kavanaugh
September 25, 2018

How the Law Treats Kids Who Didn't Grow Up Like Kavanaugh

Josh Rovner

The judge’s allies should ask themselves if young offenders in general deserve more leniency.

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Lawrence and Lamont Garrison

Sentences for federal drug crimes are based on the quantity of the drugs involved, not the individual’s role in the crime. The emphasis on quantity rather than the role of the offender, along with the conspiracy laws, too often result in disproportionate sentencing, even for first-time offenses such as the Garrisons’.
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September 05, 2018

Decarceration Strategies: How 5 States Achieved Substantial Prison Population Reductions

Dennis Schrantz, Stephen DeBor, and Marc Mauer
Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and South Carolina have reduced their prison populations between 14-25% over the past decade. This report describes how these five states can serve as decarceration roadmaps for other states.
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August 27, 2018

Public Comment on Commission’s Proposed Priorities for 2018-2019 Amendment Cycle

A coalition of civil rights, criminal justice reform, and human rights groups provided comments to the U.S. Sentencing Commission on ways to improve the fairness and proportionality of the Guidelines; promote individualized review of specific offense conduct; and mitigate excessively punitive provisions.
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Kimberly Haven

Kimberly Haven’s journey as an advocate began when she sought to regain her own voting rights after release from a Maryland prison in 2001. She soon became passionate about the unfairness of disenfranchising citizens after they have completed their sentence and returned to the community.
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Race & Justice News: Homicide Clearance Disparities Contribute to Capital Punishment Disparities
August 07, 2018

Race & Justice News: Homicide Clearance Disparities Contribute to Capital Punishment Disparities

Homicides involving white victims are significantly more likely to be "cleared" by the arrest of a suspect than homicides involving victims of color, causing racial disparities in capital sentencing to begin as early as police investigations. Learn more in Race & Justice News.
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August 02, 2018

Private Prisons in the United States

U.S. private prisons incarcerated 128,063 people in 2016, representing 8.5% of the total state and federal prison population.  
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Dorothy Gaines

Dorothy Gaines's life changed when Alabama state police raided her home for drugs. Police found no evidence of Gaines having possessed or sold drugs, yet federal prosecutors charged Gaines with drug conspiracy.
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