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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

December 2014 Statement by The Sentencing Project for Senate Hearing on the State of Human and Civil Rights

The Sentencing Project submitted a statement today for inclusion in the record of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on “The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States.” In this written statement, we seek to bring attention to the causes of mass incarceration and racial injustice, the failures of mandatory minimum penalties, and the deeply problematic policy of felony disenfranchisement. 

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Felony Disenfranchisement, Drug Policy

July 2014 Shadow Report of The Sentencing Project to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Along with 11 allied civil rights and justice reform organizations, The Sentencing Project submitted a shadow report regarding racial disparities in the justice system to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Our report documents continuing disparities in incarceration, the imposition of juvenile life without parole, the death penalty, and felony disenfranchisement. The review of United States’ compliance with the CERD convention will take place in August.

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

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

June 2013 Felony Disenfranchisement: A Primer

The dramatic growth of the U.S. prison population in the last 40 years has led to record levels of disenfranchisement, with an estimated 5.85 million citizens banned from the polls today. This primer provides an introduction to the issue, covering: an overview of state felony disenfranchisement policies; the history and impact of felony disenfranchisement; state-level reform efforts; and disenfranchisement policies in an international context.

Author: Jean Chung
Issue Area(s): Collateral Consequences, Felony Disenfranchisement, Racial Disparity