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October 2014 Incorporating Racial Equity into Criminal Justice Reform

There are few areas of American society where racial disparities are as profound and as troubling as in the criminal justice system. This briefing paper provides an overview of racial disparities in the criminal justice system and a framework for developing and implementing remedies for these disparities. We first describe the rationale for incorporating racial equity as a goal of an overall criminal justice reform strategy. Next, we document trends in racial disparity and assess the various causal factors that have produced these outcomes. Finally, we identify a selection of best practices for addressing disparities, along with recommendations for implementation, and provide a guide for establishing rigorous metrics for success.

Authors: Marc Mauer and Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D.
Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Drug Policy, Women, Collateral Consequences, Juvenile Justice

September 2014 CBC Braintrust: A Dialogue about Marijuana An overview of the CBC Health Brainstrust Agenda Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Drug Policy, Collateral Consequences

September 2014 Testimony to Nevada Advisory Commission on Trends in Sentencing and Incarceration

Marc Mauer testified before the Nevada Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice on trends in sentencing and incarceration over the past several decades. The testimony assesses the impact of incarceration on crime rates, examines the evolving movement for reform, and recommends that policymakers consider an appropriate mix of prison and non-punitive approaches to promote public safety.

The full testimony can be viewed here.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration
State(s): Nevada