In his testimony before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, The Sentencing Project’s Executive Director Marc Mauer calls for the following recommendations:
- That the crack cocaine guidelines should be set at a level that is not excessive, and is consistent with the spirit of the legislative change.
- That the guidelines change should be made retroactive in order to benefit offenders currently in prison.
- That the Commission should revise guidelines for other drug offenses as well in order to reduce excessively lengthy imprisonment.
To read Mauer’s testimony, download the PDF below.
September 05, 2018
Decarceration Strategies: How 5 States Achieved Substantial Prison Population Reductions
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.
August 27, 2018
Public Comment on Commission’s Proposed Priorities for 2018-2019 Amendment Cycle
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.