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Iowa Court Rejects Life Without Parole for Juveniles
May 27, 2016

Iowa Court Rejects Life Without Parole for Juveniles

The Iowa Supreme Court has banned sentencing youth under age 18 to life without parole, saying the sentence is unconstitutional because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
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Voting Rights for Individuals with Felony Convictions
May 18, 2016

Voting Rights for Individuals with Felony Convictions

Voting is a fundamental right of democracy that should include all individuals, including those with felony convictions.
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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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Why We Can’t Afford to Wait for Federal Sentencing Reform
May 16, 2016

Why We Can’t Afford to Wait for Federal Sentencing Reform

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would not solve all the problems in the criminal justice system, but it would reduce punishment for thousands of individuals and, on balance, create a fairer and more effective system.
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May 13, 2016

Expanding Public Safety in the Era of Black Lives Matter

The narrative of “Black Lives Matter” offers a new framework for policymakers, activists, practitioners, and other stakeholders to think about a public safety strategy that is not solely defined by arrests and admissions to prison. This essay in the University of Miami Law Review provides an overview of evidence-based approaches for public safety interventions that exist outside of law enforcement interactions.
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Christopher Poulos

When Chris Poulos was arrested, he experienced firsthand the difference that money can make in the criminal justice system. He recounts the experience in his own words.
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Debate Over Restoring Voting Rights to People with Felony Convictions
May 12, 2016

Debate Over Restoring Voting Rights to People with Felony Convictions

The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer discusses the Virginia governor's recent move to restore rights to 200,000 residents and the national context of disenfranchisement reform on the Diane Rehm Show.
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May 10, 2016

Felony Disenfranchisement: A Primer

A striking 5.85 million Americans are prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses. Felony disenfranchisement rates vary by state, as states institute a wide range of disenfranchisement policies.
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Willie Mays Aikens

In 2008, Willie Mays Aikens made headlines when a federal judge reduced his lengthy prison term to 14 years as a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s adjustment to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines. Aikens was released in June 2008.
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Race & Justice News: Challenging Racially Homogeneous Juries in Tennessee and Kentucky
May 06, 2016

Race & Justice News: Challenging Racially Homogeneous Juries in Tennessee and Kentucky

Lack of racial diversity on jury panels challenged in Tennessee and Kentucky, Obama Administration "bans the box," and more in our latest Race and Justice News.
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The Sentencing Project Releases Its 2015 Annual Report
May 05, 2016

The Sentencing Project Releases Its 2015 Annual Report

The Sentencing Project's 2015 Annual Report documents our contributions in a whirlwind year for criminal justice reform.
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Kemba Smith

At 24 years old, Kemba Smith was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison for conspiracy to participate in her boyfriend's drug activities, a non-violent, first-time offense. For years, her parents galvanized a tireless movement seeking clemency for their daughter.
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Virginia Republicans Weigh Court Challenge to Voting Rights
May 03, 2016

Virginia Republicans Weigh Court Challenge to Voting Rights

Republican state legislators in Virginia said they are considering a court challenge to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore voting rights to residents with former felony convictions, the New York Times reports.
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Revised Sentencing Reform Legislation Announced in Senate
April 28, 2016

Revised Sentencing Reform Legislation Announced in Senate

Today, bipartisan members of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced agreement on a revised version of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, along with the addition of 7 new co-sponsors of the legislation.
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Marlo Hargrove and David Waller

Marlo Hargrove and David Waller both successfully regained their voting rights after receiving felony convictions and serving their sentences.
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