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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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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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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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Disenfranchisement News: 68% increase in disenfranchised Kentuckians since 2006
March 01, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: 68% increase in disenfranchised Kentuckians since 2006

Kentucky has the nation's highest African American disenfranchisement rate, half of Nebraska counties give misinformation on restoration of rights, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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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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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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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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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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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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