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March 2015 Testimony to Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections

In testimony delivered to the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, calls for reforms to federal sentencing structures to create an upper limit of no more than 20 years in prison, barring exceptional circumstances. Doing so would reduce the federal prison population considerably, avert unnecessary costs of incarceration, and provide resources for more effective public safety investments.

Author: Marc Mauer
Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Drug Policy

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 Groups Support Kentucky Effort to Improve Public Safety

A coalition of civil rights, social and criminal justice, and other legal and advocacy organizations, submitted a letter in support of legislation to safely reduce county and state incarceration costs in Kentucky. 

Issue Area(s): Incarceration
State(s): Kentucky
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