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Disenfranchisement News: Florida approves language for voting rights ballot
April 26, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: Florida approves language for voting rights ballot

Voting Rights Restoration Amendment is one step closer to being placed on Florida's 2018 ballot, Nebraska legislature votes to end two-year ban on voting for people with felony convictions, and more in the latest Disenfranchisement News.
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The Sentencing Project Releases Its 2016 Annual Report
April 20, 2017

The Sentencing Project Releases Its 2016 Annual Report

Learn more about how our research and analysis in 2016 played a major role in shaping the policy debate around criminal justice reform.
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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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April 19, 2017

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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Race & Justice News: Examining Racial Disparity in Exonerations
April 14, 2017

Race & Justice News: Examining Racial Disparity in Exonerations

Black people represent almost half of innocent defendants wrongfully convicted of crimes, lawsuit charges Milwaukee police with racially biased stop-and-frisks, and more in the latest Race and Justice News.

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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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The Booming Business Of Private Prisons
April 12, 2017

The Booming Business Of Private Prisons

Lauren-Brooke Eisen of the Brennan Center for Justice and Marc Mauer discuss the rise of private prisons on Innovation Hub.
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Stiffening immigration enforcement is not the answer to reducing crime
April 10, 2017

Stiffening immigration enforcement is not the answer to reducing crime

Nazgol Ghandnoosh and Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute
Both The Sentencing Project and the Cato Institute published recent immigration and public safety reports that arrived at the same conclusion: Immigrants are less crime-prone than native-born citizens.
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Denver Schimming

As a previously incarcerated person who had his voting rights restored in 1996, Denver Schimming knew the power and importance of voting. His years in prison taught him that the criminal justice system could change only if impacted people spoke out. After his incarceration, voting was one of his highest priorities.
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State Advocacy Update: Mid-Session Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform
March 31, 2017

State Advocacy Update: Mid-Session Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform

Over 40 state legislatures remain in session, with lawmakers and advocates advancing sentencing code reform, reductions in technical violations, assessments of racial disparity, and limits to collateral consequences for persons with criminal convictions.
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Race & Justice News: Bail Reform in New Jersey, Maryland, and Illinois
March 13, 2017

Race & Justice News: Bail Reform in New Jersey, Maryland, and Illinois

State reports reveal cash bail disproportionately impacts poor and minority defendants, Homeland Security expands federal immigration enforcement, 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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March 07, 2017

Trends in U.S. Corrections

The Sentencing Project's key fact sheet provides a compilation of major developments in the criminal justice system over the past several decades.
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Disenfranchisement News: 68% increase in disenfranchised Kentuckians since 2006
March 01, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: 68% increase in disenfranchised Kentuckians since 2006

Kentucky has the nation's highest African American disenfranchisement rate, half of Nebraska counties give misinformation on restoration of rights, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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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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