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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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March 16, 2017

Immigration and Public Safety

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D. and Josh Rovner
Immigrants—regardless of legal status—commit crimes at lower rates than native-born citizens. Survey of key research concludes that policies further restricting immigration are ineffective crime-control strategies.
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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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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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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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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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Maryland should make parole a meaningful part of sentencing again
February 27, 2017

Maryland should make parole a meaningful part of sentencing again

Not a single person serving a life with parole sentence in Maryland was paroled between 1996 and 2014, says Nazgol Ghandnoosh in an op-ed for The Washington Post.
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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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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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