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
As part of a larger coalition, The Sentencing Project opposes the Stop Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act of 2017 which would disproportionately incarcerate those with low-level federal drug offenses, concentrate power solely within the Department of Justice and criminalize people with substance use disorder who need treatment, not punishment.