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
September 2013 (The Sentencing Project) Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America
While serious crime rates in the U.S. have been declining for the last 20 years, the number of prisoners serving life sentences has more than quadrupled since 1984. As documented in this report, over 159,000 people were serving life sentences in 2012, with nearly 50,000 serving life without parole.Author: Ashley Nellis, Ph.D
Issue Area(s): Juvenile Justice, Racial Disparity, Incarceration, Women, Sentencing Policy
September 2013 Health and Incarceration: A Workshop Summary
The National Research Council (NRC) has published Health and Incarceration, presenting the findings of a 2012 convening of experts from the fields of healthcare, prisoner advocacy, and corrections. The report examines the impact of incarceration on health, access to health care, and opportunities for reducing health risks. The convening was designed to inform a committee of the NRC that is producing a major document for release in 2014 on the causes and consequences of high rates of incarceration in the United States.Issue Area(s): Collateral Consequences, Incarceration
September 2013 Unlocking Justice: Drug Free Zones Webinar
The Sentencing Project hosted a webinar addressing sentencing enhancement zones. These zones have contributed to racial disparities and lengthening terms of confinement in prison through laws enacted at the federal and state level.
The webinar provided an overview of state campaigsn in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, and New Jersey -- where legislation has passed to reform sentencing enhancement zone.
Issue Area(s): Drug Policy, Racial Disparity, Incarceration, Sentencing Policy