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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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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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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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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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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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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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What We Can Learn from the Amazing Drop in Juvenile Incarceration
January 25, 2017

What We Can Learn from the Amazing Drop in Juvenile Incarceration

The number of youth held in adult prisons declined to fewer than 1,000, an 82% drop from the peak year in 1997.

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Race & Justice News: DOJ​ Reflects on Civil Rights Division's Policing Reforms
January 23, 2017

Race & Justice News: DOJ​ Reflects on Civil Rights Division's Policing Reforms

Department of Justice releases new report on the Civil Rights Division’s police reform work since the passage of the 1994 federal crime bill, investigation finds many police departments across the country do not reflect the diversity of their communities, and more in our latest Race & Justice News.
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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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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.
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The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform
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.
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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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The Obama Legacy: Chipping Away at Mass Incarceration
December 21, 2016

The Obama Legacy: Chipping Away at Mass Incarceration

Marc Mauer assesses the accomplishments of the Obama Administration and provides thoughts on criminal justice reform for the coming years.
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Race & Justice News: Black Women Overrepresented in Solitary Confinement
December 16, 2016

Race & Justice News: Black Women Overrepresented in Solitary Confinement

Among 40 jurisdictions providing data, black women constituted 24% of the total female incarcerated population but comprised 41% of the female restricted housing population. More in our latest Race & Justice News.
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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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