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The Obama Legacy: Chipping Away at Mass Incarceration
December 21, 2016

The Obama Legacy: Chipping Away at Mass Incarceration

Marc Mauer assesses the accomplishments of the Obama Administration and provides thoughts on criminal justice reform for the coming years.
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Disenfranchisement News: Unlocking Democracy in the Cells and on the Streets
December 20, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: Unlocking Democracy in the Cells and on the Streets

NAACP LDF and The Sentencing Project release new felony disenfranchisement brief, Florida Supreme Court to review voting rights amendment, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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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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December 19, 2016

Free the Vote: Unlocking Democracy in the Cells and on the Streets

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and The Sentencing Project
We can free the vote for people who have been made vulnerable by harmful and discriminatory felony disenfranchisement laws, and in turn, strengthen our collective democracy.
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Race & Justice News: Black Women Overrepresented in Solitary Confinement
December 16, 2016

Race & Justice News: Black Women Overrepresented in Solitary Confinement

Among 40 jurisdictions providing data, black women constituted 24% of the total female incarcerated population but comprised 41% of the female restricted housing population. More in our latest Race & Justice News.
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Andres Idarraga

After his release in June of 2004, Andres Idarraga became a full-time student at Brown University studying comparative literature and economics while maintaining full-time employment. Idarraga saw his right to vote as a significant and crucial aspect to rebuilding his life and to contributing to his community.
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States shutter prisons as prison populations fall
December 14, 2016

States shutter prisons as prison populations fall

States are increasingly turning to alternative uses for closed prisons, like the distillery at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Tennessee.
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December 07, 2016

How Tough on Crime Became Tough on Kids: Prosecuting Teenage Drug Charges in Adult Courts

Josh Rovner
All but four states allow youth to be charged and tried as adults for drug charges. This policy report looks at the many pathways into adult courts for youth.
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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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Law and order agenda should take note of bipartisanship’s results
November 29, 2016

Law and order agenda should take note of bipartisanship’s results

Kara Gotsch
Trump ran his campaign on “law and order,” but the incoming president and attorney general would be wise to build on successful, bipartisan criminal justice reform initiatives in the months and years ahead.
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November 29, 2016

Citing Uncertainty of Next Administration’s Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform, Broad Coalition Calls On Obama to Expand Clemency Eligibility

A broad coalition of criminal justice reform advocates, former judges and prosecutors, and legal scholars urge President Obama to expand the number of people eligible for clemency by considering commutations for broad categories of non-violent offenses.
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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: How Florida's felony disenfranchisement laws impact elections
November 08, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: How Florida's felony disenfranchisement laws impact elections

Analysis finds Floridians with felony convictions would cast nearly 60K ballots in this election, D.C.mayor visits local jail to help eligible individuals vote, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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October 28, 2016

Race & Justice News: "The Jude Effect": Police Brutality Reduces 911 Calls

Study finds that blacks reduce their crime-reporting behavior in the wake of high-profile cases of police brutality, black women with criminal records more likely to face housing discrimination in D.C., and more in our latest Race and Justice News.
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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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