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November 30, 2017

Race & Justice News: Equity in the Burgeoning Marijuana Industry

LA City Council considers “social equity” program to help marginalized groups participate in the cannabis business, black immigrants face disproportionate deportation risk, and more in Race and Justice News.
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November 08, 2017

The Sentencing Project's 2017 Annual Newsletter

Despite this changing political environment we have made strides in advancing justice and helping to shape a reform agenda for both policymakers and the advocacy community in 2017.
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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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November 07, 2017

Amicus Brief in Vote v. Louisiana, Louisiana Felony Disenfranchisement Case

The Sentencing Project, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed an amicus brief highlighting the racial discrimination inherent in Louisiana's felony disfranchisement law.
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Disenfranchisement News: Virginia campaign ad attacks restoration of voting rights
November 02, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: Virginia campaign ad attacks restoration of voting rights

Coming two weeks before the state’s gubernatorial election, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie released a video attacking Democratic candidate Ralph Northam’s efforts to aggressively expand voting rights to people with felony convictions.
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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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Still increase in racial disparities in juvenile justice
October 20, 2017

Still increase in racial disparities in juvenile justice

We should celebrate the declines in incarceration among youth of all races and ethnicities. But let’s not overlook the way these changes aren’t benefiting all our children in the same way.
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October 13, 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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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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October 12, 2017

Native Disparities in Youth Incarceration

Native youth are three times as likely to be incarcerated as white youth.
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October 12, 2017

Latino Disparities in Youth Incarceration

Latino youth are 65 percent more likely to be detained or committed than their white peers.
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Race & Justice News: One-Third of Black Men Have Felony Convictions
October 10, 2017

Race & Justice News: One-Third of Black Men Have Felony Convictions

The number of black men with felony convictions has significantly increased over the past 30 years, American Indian and Alaska Native jail counts have doubled since the late 1990s, and more in Race and Justice News.
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State Advocacy Update: Getting Ready for 2018
September 29, 2017

State Advocacy Update: Getting Ready for 2018

As 2018 approaches, advocates are readying efforts on sentencing reform and challenges to racial disparity in the criminal justice system.
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