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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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Disenfranchisement News: Unlocking Democracy in the Cells and on the Streets
December 20, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: Unlocking Democracy in the Cells and on the Streets

NAACP LDF and The Sentencing Project release new felony disenfranchisement brief, Florida Supreme Court to review voting rights amendment, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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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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December 19, 2016

Free the Vote: Unlocking Democracy in the Cells and on the Streets

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and The Sentencing Project
We can free the vote for people who have been made vulnerable by harmful and discriminatory felony disenfranchisement laws, and in turn, strengthen our collective democracy.
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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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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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October 28, 2016

Race & Justice News: "The Jude Effect": Police Brutality Reduces 911 Calls

Study finds that blacks reduce their crime-reporting behavior in the wake of high-profile cases of police brutality, black women with criminal records more likely to face housing discrimination in D.C., and more in our latest Race and Justice News.
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October 06, 2016

6 Million Lost Voters: State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, 2016

Christopher Uggen, Ryan Larson, and Sarah Shannon
A record 6.1 million Americans are forbidden to vote because of felony disenfranchisement, or laws restricting voting rights for those convicted of felony-level crimes. The number of disenfranchised individuals has increased dramatically along with the rise in criminal justice populations in recent decades, rising from an estimated 1.17 million in 1976 to 6.1 million today.
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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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C-SPAN highlights The Sentencing Project’s 6 Million Lost Voters Report
October 06, 2016

C-SPAN highlights The Sentencing Project’s 6 Million Lost Voters Report

Marc Mauer discusses The Sentencing Project's felony disenfranchisement report, and answers questions from people for and against restoring rights to people with felony convictions.
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October 05, 2016

Unlocking Justice: Strategizing for Reform - State Campaign Successes

This webinar highlighted successful efforts to scale back collateral consequences and challenge racial disparity in state sentencing policy.
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Watch: A 30-Year March Toward Justice
September 13, 2016

Watch: A 30-Year March Toward Justice

Watch our 30th anniversary video celebrating The Sentencing Project's work over the last 30 years and looking ahead to the future of criminal justice reform
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How Voting Laws Squelch Urban America’s Voice
September 05, 2016

How Voting Laws Squelch Urban America’s Voice

Upwards of 6 million Americans are ineligible to vote due to a felony conviction, with the disenfranchised population disproportionately concentrated in urban areas.
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