We were delighted to see many of you at The Sentencing Project’s 30th anniversary celebration last week featuring guest speaker Vanita Gupta, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. At the event, we debuted a short video celebrating The Sentencing Project’s work over the last 30 years and looking ahead to the future of criminal justice reform. Watch the video below:
Thank you for your support over the last 30 years and for many more as we continue to fight for a more fair and effective justice system.
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.
Despite long-term declines in youth incarceration, the disparity at which black and white youth are held in juvenile facilities has grown. As of 2015, African American youth were five times as likely as white youth to be detained or committed to youth facilities.