Racial Disparity News
October 24, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Civil Rights Commission reports call for reform
California: 'Let me Vote' campaign spreads voting rights awareness
Florida: Candidate forced to withdraw due to prior felony conviction
Michigan: NAACP brings voting booths to county jails
Mississippi: Slim chance of reform during an election year
Ohio: Judge orders voting access for people jailed the weekend before an election
Wyoming: New bill to cut wait time for voting rights restoration
National: Felony disenfranchisement infographic
October 13, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
The Sentencing Project Files Amicus Brief in Federal Case Involving Mandatory Minimums
The Sentencing Project has filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision by the Ninth Circuit that could exacerbate the ill-effects caused by mandatory minimum penalties.
October 2, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Felony Disenfranchisement and the 2014 Midterm Elections
As the 2014 midterm elections approach, an estimated 5.85 million Americans will be unable to exercise their voting rights due to a current or previous felony conviction. Of the total disenfranchised population, 2.6 million have completed their sentences, yet are disenfranchised in the 12 states with the most restrictive policies. Overall, 75% of disenfranchised individuals are living in the community, either under probation or parole supervision, or having completed their sentences. Disenfranchisement policies have potentially affected the outcomes of previous U.S. elections, particularly as disenfranchisement laws disproportionately impact communities of color, leaving one in every 13 black adults voiceless in the electoral process.
September 29, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
California Adopts Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010). Equalizes Penalties for Certain Crack and Powder Cocaine Offenses.
California Governor Jerry Brown has just signed Senate Bill 1010. The legislation eliminates the disparity in sentencing, probation, and asset forfeiture guidelines for possession of crack cocaine for sale versus the same crime involving powder cocaine. The law takes effect in January.
September 22, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Race and Justice News
Policing: Protests in Ferguson, MO spur local and federal initiatives
Reforms: Georgia's incarceration rate for African Americans drops 20% in five years
Ethnic Disparities: California Latinos face cumulative disadvantage in the criminal justice system
Probation: Probation is revoked at higher rates for African Americans