In his testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, The Sentencing Project’s Executive Director Marc Mauer examines the impact of felony disenfranchisement laws on individuals with felony convictions and its effects on American democracy.
Watch the full briefing on collateral consequences in the two videos below. To read Marc’s testimony, download the PDF below.
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.