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April 2014 Juvenile Life Without Parole

Recent Supreme Court rulings have banned the use of capital punishment for juveniles and mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles (JLWOP). Still, the United States stands alone as the only nation that sentences people to life without parole for crimes committed before turning 18.

This briefing paper reviews the Supreme Court precedents that limited the use of JLWOP and the challenges that remain.

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

March 2014 Comment on Proposed Drug Sentencing Amendment

The Sentencing Project recently urged the U.S. Sentencing Commission to adopt an amendment to its guidelines that would reduce penalties for federal drug offenses.  According to the Commission’s analysis, this change would result in a sentence reduction of about 11 months for those individuals who would benefit.

Author: The Sentencing Project
Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Drug Policy

January 2014 (The Sentencing Project) Facts About Prisons and People in Prison

Fact sheet on the growing number of incarcerated persons in federal and state prisons with details on race, gender, substance abuse and crime offenses

Issue Area(s): Incarceration

October 2013 (The Sentencing Project) Ending Mass Incarceration: Social Interventions That Work

Mass incarceration has resulted from a great imbalance in our national approach to public safety, one that relies far too heavily on the criminal justice system. This has produced excessive levels of punishment and a diversion of resources from investments that could strengthen the capacity of families and communities to address the circumstances that contribute to crime. 

Issue Area(s): Juvenile Justice, Incarceration

October 2013 ICCPR Race and Justice Shadow Report

In the United States, African-American males are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males and 2.5 times more likely than Hispanic males. If current trends continue, one of every three black American males born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime, as can one of every six Latino males—compared to one of every seventeen white males.

Submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Committee, this shadow report details the impact of racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system and how they violate Articles 2 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which the United States ratified in 1992.

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