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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

November 2015 DPA: Community Session "Lifting the Federal Food Stamp Ban and Ending Drug Testing for Benefits"

Nicole D. Porter will co-facilitate the session, "Lifting the Federal Food Stamp Ban and Ending Drug Testing for Benefits" at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance. This community session is open to the public. The meeting will take place Friday, November 20th at 1pm at the conference hotel, The Crystal Gateway Marriott in the Rosslyn 2 Room (1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202-3505)

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Drug Policy, Women, Collateral Consequences

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

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