Sentencing Policy News
September 22, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Race and Justice News
Policing: Protests in Ferguson, MO spur local and federal initiatives
Reforms: Georgia's incarceration rate for African Americans drops 20% in five years
Ethnic Disparities: California Latinos face cumulative disadvantage in the criminal justice system
Probation: Probation is revoked at higher rates for African Americans
September 16, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Prison Population Reductions Stalled in 2013
Due to expanding prison populations in the majority of states, the total U.S. prison population grew in 2013, according to a new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The 1,574,700 inmates in state and federal prisons at yearend 2013 represent an increase of 4,300 prisoners since the previous year. (The rate of incarceration declined from 480 prisoners per 100,000 population to 478 per 100,000 during the year due to increases in the overall U.S. population.) The new figures come after three years of modest decline from a high of 1,615,500 prisoners in 2009.
“These figures challenge premature and overly optimistic forecasts of the end of mass incarceration,” stated Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project. “Tackling the prison juggernaut will require broader reforms to reduce prison admissions and sentence lengths.”
September 15, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Florida: Voting Rights in Jail
Wyoming: Opportunity for Reform
Kentucky: New voting rights bill in consideration for 2015
International: ECHR rules ban on prisoner voting violates human rights
Voting from behind bars in Ireland
September 8, 2014 (The New York Times)
Crime, Bias and Statistics
Discussions of the relationship between blacks and the criminal justice system in this country too often grind to a halt as people slink down into their silos and arm themselves with their best rhetorical weapons — racial bias on one side and statistics in which minorities, particularly blacks, are overrepresented as criminals on the other.
September 3, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
New Publication: Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies
This report examines how racial perceptions of crime are a key cause of the severity of punishment in the United States. Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies, authored by Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D., research analyst at The Sentencing Project, synthesizes two decades of research revealing that white Americans’ strong associations of crime with blacks and Latinos are related to their support for punitive policies that disproportionately impact people of color.
Coming on the heels of the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, the report demonstrates that the consequences of white Americans’ strong associations of crime with blacks and Latinos extend far beyond policing.