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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
October 13, 2017
Juvenile Life Without Parole: An Overview
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.
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.
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.
September 21, 2017
South Carolina Legislature must reform life-without-parole sentences
South Carolina has started down the road to criminal justice reform — a beginning, but it is a long road. A legislative package designed to accelerate the state’s progress ought to include consideration of reforms to long-term sentences.