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Trump’s commitment to a renewed War on Drugs
April 20, 2018

Trump’s commitment to a renewed War on Drugs

Officials should not see this public health crisis as an invitation to exacerbate mass incarceration.
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April 10, 2018

Letter to Subcommittee Hearing on Defeating Fentanyl: Addressing the Deadliest Drugs Fueling the Opioid Crisis

The Sentencing Project outlines lessons learned from the War on Drugs and recommends that federal resources be directed towards policies that will expand access to drug treatment to stop the skyrocketing death toll from overdoses caused by fentanyl and other opioids.
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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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Race & Justice News: Jackson, MS to Stop Releasing Mug Shots of People Shot by Police
March 30, 2018

Race & Justice News: Jackson, MS to Stop Releasing Mug Shots of People Shot by Police

"The last image of any person should not be on the worst day of their life," said Jackson Mayor. Learn more in Race & Justice News.
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March 29, 2018

The Sentencing Project Releases its 2017 Annual Report

Learn more about how our research and analysis in 2017 played a major role in shaping the policy debate around criminal justice reform.
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Lawrence and Lamont Garrison

Sentences for federal drug crimes are based on the quantity of the drugs involved, not the individual’s role in the crime. The emphasis on quantity rather than the role of the offender, along with the conspiracy laws, too often result in disproportionate sentencing, even for first-time offenses such as the Garrisons’.
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Punitive responses to gang violence are not effective
March 28, 2018

Punitive responses to gang violence are not effective

Residents of the communities that experience gang crime want it to stop, and there are better ways to make that happen than sending more people to prison for ever longer sentences.
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National coalition rejects death penalty and increased penalties for drug offenses
March 27, 2018

National coalition rejects death penalty and increased penalties for drug offenses

Sixty-two faith, civil rights, treatment and legal organizations condemn accelerating the use of the death penalty and urge the Trump Administration to support proven public health strategies to end the opioid crisis, reduce problematic drug use and save lives.
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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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State Advocacy News: Challenging mass incarceration
March 26, 2018

State Advocacy News: Challenging mass incarceration

Efforts are underway to expand voting rights, recalibrate life prison terms, and counter efforts to enhance penalties
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March 08, 2018

Can We Wait 75 Years to Cut the Prison Population in Half?

Expediting the end of mass incarceration will require accelerating the end of the Drug War and scaling back sentences for serious crimes.
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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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Race & Justice News: As Cities Become Safer, Racial Disparities Decrease
February 28, 2018

Race & Justice News: As Cities Become Safer, Racial Disparities Decrease

Report finds that as the rate of violent crime decreased in U.S. cities, other societal conditions have improved; Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego apply marijuana reforms retroactively; and more in Race & Justice News.
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February 06, 2018

Letter in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

As the Judiciary Committee prepares to consider the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act this month, The Sentencing Project writes to offer its endorsement of the bill’s passage.
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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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