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New Jersey Enacts Law to Examine Racial and Ethnic Impact of Sentencing Changes
January 17, 2018

New Jersey Enacts Law to Examine Racial and Ethnic Impact of Sentencing Changes

On his last day in office, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed racial and ethnic impact statement legislation that will provide an opportunity for lawmakers to address the state’s high rate of racial disparity in incarceration.
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Jared Kushner's Prison Reform Plan Doesn't Promise Much
January 12, 2018

Jared Kushner's Prison Reform Plan Doesn't Promise Much

Marc Mauer
Jared Kushner hosted a listening session for President Donald Trump on prison reform. Unfortunately, his plans don’t inspire much optimism, nor do the actions of the administration thus far.
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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 10, 2018

Oklahoma’s Life-Sentenced Population Rising Faster than National Trends

Oklahoma CURE and The Sentencing Project
Oklahoma has increased its life-sentenced population steadily over the past 20 years to the point where one in eight prisoners is now serving life.
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Disenfranchisement News: Re-enfranchised black voters helped push Doug Jones to victory
December 21, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: Re-enfranchised black voters helped push Doug Jones to victory

The strategic effort by various entities to turnout black voters in Alabama included targeting newly re-enfranchised individuals 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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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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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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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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Still increase in racial disparities in juvenile justice
October 20, 2017

Still increase in racial disparities in juvenile justice

Josh Rovner
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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