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
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