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The Sentencing Project is a leader in changing the way Americans think about crime and punishment.

Mission: The Sentencing Project advocates for effective and humane responses to crime that minimize imprisonment and criminalization of youth and adults by promoting racial, ethnic, economic, and gender justice.

Our policy priorities envision the full inclusion in society of people with criminal records and an end to extreme punishments. Our aim is to center the leadership, voices, vision, and experience of those directly affected by mass incarceration to make the rationale for systemic change vivid, credible and compelling.

Strategic priorities:

  • Protect voter eligibility and full civic inclusion
  • End extreme sentences in the United States
  • Safeguard youth from the ravages of the adult criminal legal system and push for alternatives to youth involvement in the adult and youth justice systems
  • Invest in positive community development

What We Do: 35 Years of Fighting to End Mass Incarceration

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People in prison is serving a life sentence
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Children in the United States has a parent in prison
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