Every year, advocates and lawmakers work to advance policies to challenge mass incarceration and collateral consequences.
This webinar highlighted successful efforts to scale back collateral consequences and challenge racial disparity in state sentencing policy, including state activity in New Jersey to address racial disparities, a recent victory in Missouri authorizing a “ban the box” fair chance hiring policy, and a coalition effort to expand expungement for certain felony convictions in Kentucky.
The webinar slides are available here, and a video recording can be viewed below and here.
Patty Berger, Second Chance Coalition and Let’s Start, Missouri
Rev. Charles Boyer, AME Minister’s Coalition 4 Redemption & Justice, New Jersey
Ed Monahan, Department of Public Advocacy, Kentucky
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.