At the International Corrections and Prison Association’s 6th Annual Conference in Beijing, China, Marc Mauer addressed the experience of what has been termed the “get tough” movement in the United States, a change in policy over the past thirty years that has resulted in an unprecedented rise in the prison population in our country.
Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and South Carolina have reduced their prison populations between 14-25% over the past decade. This report describes how these five states can serve as decarceration roadmaps for other states.
A coalition of civil rights, criminal justice reform, and human rights groups provided comments to the U.S. Sentencing Commission on ways to improve the fairness and proportionality of the Guidelines; promote individualized review of specific offense conduct; and mitigate excessively punitive provisions.