January 22, 2018
Race & Justice News: Kansas Disregards Racial Profiling Complaints
Kansas law enforcement has not confirmed any of the 592 racial profiling complaints filed over the past five years, racial disparities decline in U.S. prisons, and more in Race and Justice News.
January 22, 2018
Testimony to the MO Senate Committee on the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence on Raise the Age
Senate Bill 793 provides necessary reform to align Missouri with the vast majority of states, including all of its neighbors, in addressing 17-year old offending in the juvenile justice system.
January 17, 2018
New Jersey Enacts Law to Examine Racial and Ethnic Impact of Sentencing Changes
On his last day in office, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed racial and ethnic impact statement legislation that will provide an opportunity for lawmakers to address the state’s high rate of racial disparity in incarceration.
January 12, 2018
Jared Kushner's Prison Reform Plan Doesn't Promise Much
Jared Kushner hosted a listening session for President Donald Trump on prison reform. Unfortunately, his plans don’t inspire much optimism, nor do the actions of the administration thus far.
January 10, 2018
Oklahoma’s Life-Sentenced Population Rising Faster than National Trends
Oklahoma has increased its life-sentenced population steadily over the past 20 years to the point where one in eight prisoners is now serving life.
December 21, 2017
Disenfranchisement News: Re-enfranchised black voters helped push Doug Jones to victory
The strategic effort by various entities to turnout black voters in Alabama included targeting newly re-enfranchised individuals with felony convictions.
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.
December 20, 2017
State Advocacy News: Tools to Reform Life Sentences
State advocates are initiating hard conversations to challenge extreme sentences.
December 15, 2017
Trump's opioid crisis failures mean states must lead the way
Here are 12 steps local actors can take now to solve the opioid crisis without waiting for Washington.
November 30, 2017
Race & Justice News: Equity in the Burgeoning Marijuana Industry
LA City Council considers “social equity” program to help marginalized groups participate in the cannabis business, black immigrants face disproportionate deportation risk, and more in Race and Justice News.
November 16, 2017
State Advocacy News: Justice Reform Starts With You!
Contact us to discuss your 2018 advocacy plan for state criminal justice reform!
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.