May 01, 2017
State Advocacy Update: Efforts to Address Federal Drug Felony Ban on Public Benefits
In 2017, proposals to opt out or modify the lifetime felony drug ban on public benefits were introduced in at least three states.
After his release in June of 2004, Andres Idarraga became a full-time student at Brown University studying comparative literature and economics while maintaining full-time employment. Idarraga saw his right to vote as a significant and crucial aspect to rebuilding his life and to contributing to his community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 24, 2017
Midlands Voices: End the wait, return felons' voting rights
In Omaha World-Herald, Nicole D. Porter and Bri McLarty Huppert from Nebraskans for Civic Reform call for restoring voting rights for Nebraskans with felony convictions.
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.
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.