Racial Disparity News
August 9, 2015 (Business Insider)
There's blatant inequality at nearly every phase of the criminal justice system
Social science research shows striking racial disparities at nearly every level of the criminal justice system—from arrest rates, to bail amounts, to sentence lengths, to probation hearing outcomes. In eight charts, Business Insider explores what it’s like to be black in the U.S. justice system.
August 7, 2015 (The American Prospect)
The Growing Movement to Restore Voting Rights to Former Felons
On August 6, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, dozens of Baltimore residents rallied and marched alongside community members to protest their disenfranchisement as the result of a former felony conviction.
In May, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan vetoed a bill which would have granted individuals with felony convictions the right to vote when they return home from prison, rather than making them wait until after their probation and parole sentences have been completed (some sentences can last for decades).
July 31, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: Growing momentum for restoring the right to vote
Florida: Presidential candidates' felony disenfranchisement records
National: Growing momentum for restoring the right to vote
The "war on drugs" and black disenfranchisement
Racial attitudes and ideology affect support for restoration of voting rights
July 23, 2015
Race & Justice News: Risk Assessment or Race Assessment?
Sentencing: Risk Assessment or Race Assessment?
Pennsylvania Drug-Free School Zone Enhancements Declared Unconstitutional
Prosecution: 95% of Elected Prosecutors Nationwide Are White
Policing: Philadelphia's Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Disproportionately Enforced Against African Americans
An Agenda to Alleviate Probelms of Race in Policing
July 16, 2015 (MSNBC)
Pres. Obama pushes criminal justice reform
The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer appeared on MSNBC to talk criminal justice reform with USC Law Professor Jody Armour on News Nation. In this segment, they discuss how excessively long sentences do not take into account human capacity for change, the stark racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and rising bi-partisan support for reform measures across the country.