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June 2015 Was There a "Ferguson Effect" on Crime in St. Louis?

The Sentencing Project's analysis finds little support for a so-called “Ferguson effect” on crime in St. Louis, Missouri. The “Ferguson effect” describes a conjecture by some commentators that rising crime rates in some urban areas in recent months are the result of widespread protests against police misconduct and calls for reform. Those demonstrations spread across the nation in response to a stream of highly publicized killings of unarmed black men and boys by police, starting with the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August.

Author: Richard Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
Issue Area(s): Incarceration

April 2015 U.S. Prison Population Trends: Broad Variation Among States in Recent Years

This fact sheet reveals broad variation in nationwide incarceration trends up through 2013.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration

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