The Sentencing Project News
May 13, 2015 (Christian Science Monitor)
For Tsarnaev, would life without parole be less humane than death?
Ken Hartman is 55 and healthy, but he says he feels like he was killed decades ago. When he was 19, he beat a homeless man to death in an alcohol- and drug-fueled rage, and he has spent the past 35 years in prison. So long as he is alive, he will not be eligible to leave.
Mr. Hartman is among the 50,000 prisoners in the United States serving life without parole sentences, a number that has increased 22 percent since 2008, according to a 2013 report by The Sentencing Project. And on Wednesday, the jury in the Boston Marathon bombings trial will begin deliberating over whether to add Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to that group.
May 9, 2015 (Des Moines Register)
Mandatory sentences don’t benefit public safety
"Sen. Chuck Grassley writes that mandatory drug sentences are necessary to protect communities in Iowa ['Response to bishops,' May 2]. But this claim is not supported by evidence," explains Jeremy Haile, Federal Advocacy Counsel at The Sentencing Project in a letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register.
May 8, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
New Data: Population at Youth Facilities Cut in Half Since 1999
New data show that youth detention is at a historic low, but racial disparities persist.
April 20, 2015 (The Mark News)
Minimizing The Maximum: Why Prison Sentences Should Be Capped At 20 Years
A commentary in The Mark News by Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, makes the case for capping federal prison sentences at 20-years, barring exception circumstances.
April 17, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Connecticut Governor calls for "Second Chance Society"
Connecticut: Governor Leads Effort for "Second Chance Society"
Kentucky: Addressing Sentence Lengths for Persons with Prior Felony Convictions
Massachusetts: Advocates Support Felony Reclassification and Reinvesting Savings
Other News: Alabama, Maryland, Missouri, and more...
April 15, 2015
Race and Justice News: Chicago Police Stops Outpace New York's Stop and Frisk Peak
Policing: Chicago Police Stops Outpace New York's Stop and Frisk Peak
Philadelphia Police Continue Stop and Frisks Without Reasonable Suspicion
Prosecution and Sentencing: Cumulative Racial Disadvantage in the Criminal Justice System
Films: Documentary Depicts Efforts to Desegregate California Prison Cells
Books: The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice
April 15, 2015 (Salon)
America’s criminal justice disgrace: How Apple’s ban of former felons reveals the long road to real reform
The Sentencing Project's Director of Advocacy Nicole Porter recently spoke with Salon about employment for people with criminal records, criminal justice issues as civil rights issues, and what is necessary to take to tackle mass incarceration in the United States.
April 11, 2015 (Newsweek)
State Prison Populations Show Upswings, Declines
Since 1999, 34 states have seen “at least a modest decline” in their prison populations, but 16 have recorded upswings, according to new data released by The Sentencing Project that demonstrate incarceration rates vary dramatically between states.
New Jersey had the biggest drop in inmates since 1999, at 29 percent, while New York experienced a 27 percent decline and California's since 2006 was 22 percent. Overall, nine states posted double-digit drops.
April 10, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: MD legislature approves voting rights for people on probation & parole
Maryland: Legislature approves voting rights bill for people on probation and parole
Minnesota: Voting rights bill appears stalled
National: U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to restore voting rights after prison
International: Election newspaper distributed to Australian prisons and locked hospitals
April 8, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
New Analysis: U.S. Prison Population Trends
A new analysis by The Sentencing Project reveals broad variation in nationwide incarceration trends.
While the number of people in prison in the United States has stabilized in recent years, incarceration trends among the states have varied significantly. Two-thirds of states (34) have experienced at least a modest decline since 1999, while one-third (16) have had continued rises in their prison populations.