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March 22, 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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Efforts Likely to Suffer Under Trump
February 01, 2017

Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Efforts Likely to Suffer Under Trump

Interview with Marc Mauer on Between the Lines
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January 31, 2017

Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences

Nationally, over the past three decades many legislators, governors, and parole boards have toughened lifer parole policies and practices—effectively increasing prison terms for the more than 110,000 individuals serving parole-eligible 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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