Racial Disparity Publications
November 2013 A Lifetime of Punishment: The Impact of the Felony Drug Ban on Welfare Benefits
The nation’s “war on drugs” posture of recent decades may have a devastating impact on the health and safety of women and children of color and their communities.
A Lifetime of Punishment: The Impact of the Federal Drug Ban on Welfare Benefits finds that a provision of the 1996 welfare reform legislation passed by Congress subjects an estimated 180,000 women in the 12 most impacted states to a lifetime ban on welfare benefits.Authors: Marc Mauer and Virginia McCalmont
Issue Area(s): Collateral Consequences, Women, Racial Disparity
October 2013 ICCPR Felony Disenfranchisement Shadow Report
In violation of U.S. civil rights and human rights obligations, almost six million individuals in the United States are disenfranchised due to a felony conviction. Submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Committee, Democracy Imprisoned: a Review of the Prevalence and Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States details the impact of felony disenfranchisement laws in the United States and how they violate Articles 25 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which the United States ratified in 1992.Issue Area(s): Racial Disparity, Collateral Consequences, Felony Disenfranchisement
October 2013 ICCPR Race and Justice Shadow Report
In the United States, African-American males are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males and 2.5 times more likely than Hispanic males. If current trends continue, one of every three black American males born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime, as can one of every six Latino males—compared to one of every seventeen white males.
Submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Committee, this shadow report details the impact of racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system and how they violate Articles 2 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which the United States ratified in 1992.Issue Area(s): Drug Policy, Sentencing Policy, Racial Disparity, Incarceration
September 2013 (The Sentencing Project) Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America
While serious crime rates in the U.S. have been declining for the last 20 years, the number of prisoners serving life sentences has more than quadrupled since 1984. As documented in this report, over 159,000 people were serving life sentences in 2012, with nearly 50,000 serving life without parole.Author: Ashley Nellis, Ph.D
Issue Area(s): Juvenile Justice, Racial Disparity, Incarceration, Women, Sentencing Policy
September 2013 Unlocking Justice: Drug Free Zones Webinar
The Sentencing Project hosted a webinar addressing sentencing enhancement zones. These zones have contributed to racial disparities and lengthening terms of confinement in prison through laws enacted at the federal and state level.
The webinar provided an overview of state campaigsn in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, and New Jersey -- where legislation has passed to reform sentencing enhancement zone.
Issue Area(s): Drug Policy, Racial Disparity, Incarceration, Sentencing Policy