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More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their thirties, 1 in every 10 is in prison or jail on any given day. These trends have been intensified by the disproportionate impact of the "war on drugs," in which two-thirds of all persons in prison for drug offenses are people of color.

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Racial Disparity News
February 10, 2016 (The Sentencing Project)
New Publication: 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.


January 28, 2016
State Advocacy Update: Unlocking the Vote with Grassroots Support

Maryland: Unlocking the Vote

New Jersey: Challenging Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Missouri: Scaling Back Truth in Sentencing

Other News: Conneticut, Delaware, Kansas, and more


January 20, 2016
Race & Justice News: The Limits of Focusing on Racial Disparity

Books: Youth of Color in the Changing Juvenile Justice System

The Limits of Focusing on Racial Disparity

Policing: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in New Jersey’s Low-Level Offense Arrests 

Milwaukee Police Department Requests Justice Department Review

Nationwide Racial Disparities in Drivers Killed by Police 

Sentencing: Rhode Island’s Overburdened and Racially Imbalanced Probation System


January 7, 2016 (Guardian)
Our compassion for drug users should not be determined by race

"Political leaders are displaying increasing amounts of empathy for those suffering from addiction. But, in a society still largely divided along racial lines, our willingness to express compassion is all too often a function of how much we can personally identify with those who are suffering – and that goes for presidential candidates too," writes The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer in the Guardian.


December 16, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
Race & Justice News: Are Judges or Prosecutors Driving Racial Disparity in Sentencing?

Federal Sentencing: Are Judges or Prosecutors Driving Racial Disparity in Post-Booker Sentencing?

Prosecution: Caddo Parish Elects First Black District Attorney

Pretrial Detention: Pretrial Detention Based on Resources, Not Risk, Produces Racial Disparities and Fuels Mass Incarceration

Juvenile Justice: Deeper Justice-System Involvement Increases Youth Mortality

Minority Threat in Juvenile Court Outcomes