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February 2016 The State of Sentencing 2015: Developments in Policy and Practice

The State of Sentencing 2015: Developments in Policy and Practice highlights reforms in 30 states that demonstrate a continued trend to reform sentencing policies and scale back the use of imprisonment without compromising public safety. The report provides an overview of recent policy reforms in the areas of sentencing, probation and parole, collateral consequences, and juvenile justice.

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

December 2015 Declines in Youth Commitments and Facilities in the 21st Century

This policy brief finds that a major reduction in the number of youth committed to juvenile facilities has taken place this century.

Overivew:

  • The number of youth in juvenile commitment has fallen by half since 2000.
  • Racial disparities in youth commitment remain large and prevalent.
  • One in three juvenile facilities has closed since 2002, with the highest rate of closure for large facilities.
Author: Joshua Rovner
Issue Area(s): Juvenile Justice, Racial Disparity

December 2015 Fact Sheet: Incarcerated Women and Girls

This fact sheet provides data on the increase in the number of women and girls in the justice system over time and highlights important differences between men and women in prison as well as boys and girls in the juvenile justice system.

Issue Area(s): Juvenile Justice, Women, Racial Disparity, Incarceration

October 2015 Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Marc Mauer urges Congress to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, a bipartisan reform bill introduced earlier this month. The legislation would take a number of steps forward to reverse harsh penalties that have come at a ruinous cost to families and taxpayers while producing diminishing returns for public safety.

Author: Marc Mauer
Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Drug Policy, Collateral Consequences, Juvenile Justice

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