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State Advocacy Update: Continuing the Effort to Advance Criminal Justice Reform
February 13, 2017

State Advocacy Update: Continuing the Effort to Advance Criminal Justice Reform

In Texas, more than 100 immigrants, formerly incarcerated individuals, and activists coalesce in a show of solidarity to advance reform efforts.  
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February 09, 2017

Reviving Parole for Life Sentences

This webinar discussed state and federal practices and policies that contribute to the country’s growing lifer population, and highlighted state efforts to increase parole for people serving life sentences.
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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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Will Trump Crush the Modest Progress in Fighting Mass Incarceration?
February 07, 2017

Will Trump Crush the Modest Progress in Fighting Mass Incarceration?

Now what? Alternet interview with The Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer.
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What We Can Learn from the Amazing Drop in Juvenile Incarceration
January 25, 2017

What We Can Learn from the Amazing Drop in Juvenile Incarceration

The number of youth held in adult prisons declined to fewer than 1,000, an 82% drop from the peak year in 1997.

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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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Race & Justice News: DOJ​ Reflects on Civil Rights Division's Policing Reforms
January 23, 2017

Race & Justice News: DOJ​ Reflects on Civil Rights Division's Policing Reforms

Department of Justice releases new report on the Civil Rights Division’s police reform work since the passage of the 1994 federal crime bill, investigation finds many police departments across the country do not reflect the diversity of their communities, and more in our latest Race & Justice News.
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January 19, 2017

State Advances in Criminal Justice Reform, 2016

During 2016, reforms were adopted in at least 17 states targeted at reducing prison populations and addressing collateral consequences for people with criminal convictions.
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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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The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform
January 05, 2017

The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

President Obama draws on The Sentencing Project's research to highlight the urgent need to end mass incarceration.
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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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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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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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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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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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