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February 2015 State Criminal Justice Advocacy in a Conservative Environment

State Criminal Justice Advocacy in a Conservative Environment documents successful advocacy strategies employed in campaigns in Indiana, Missouri, and Texas. 

Author: Nicole D. Porter
Issue Area(s): Juvenile Justice, Collateral Consequences, Drug Policy, Racial Disparity, Incarceration, Sentencing Policy

February 2015 The State of Sentencing 2014: Developments in Policy and Practice

The State of Sentencing 2014 highlights policy changes in 30 states and the District of Columbia in both the adult and juvenile justice systems, including scaling back sentences for low-level drug offenses, reducing barriers to reentry, and eliminating juvenile life without parole. The reforms highlighted in this report represent approaches that lawmakers and advocates can consider to address sentencing policy and collateral consequences at the state level.

Author: Nicole D. Porter
Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Drug Policy, Collateral Consequences, Juvenile Justice

February 2015 Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System

Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System provides a comprehensive review of programs and policies across the nation and identifies a broad range of initiatives that can address racial disparities at all levels of the criminal justice system. The report highlights initiatives in more than 20 states designed to address the criminal justice system’s high rate of contact with people of color.

Author: Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D.
Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Felony Disenfranchisement, Drug Policy, Women, Collateral Consequences, Juvenile Justice

February 2015 Behind Bars

Behind Bars: Solutions to Address Mass Incarceration

Washington, DC - Nicole D. Porter will present at Northwest Community Church. The event will focus on mass incarceration and practical solutions for communities experiencing this problem. Additional information here.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity
State(s): District of Columbia
December 2014 The Sentencing Project Submits Recommendations to D.C.’s Mayor-Elect

Following her election as Washington, D.C.’s new mayor, Muriel Bowser has sought public input on important issues facing the District. The Sentencing Project submitted four recommendations for juvenile justice reform:

  • Make aggregate juvenile arrest data available and transparent;
  • Limit the use of arrest for low-level offenses;
  • Prioritize evidence-based programs, and not incarceration, for delinquent youth; and
  • Keep juveniles out of the adult system.

The full testimony can be read here.

Issue Area(s): Juvenile Justice, Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Drug Policy