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Changes in sentencing law and policy, not increases in crime rates, explain most of the six-fold increase in the national prison population. These changes have significantly impacted racial disparities in sentencing, as well as increased the use of “one size fits all" mandatory minimum sentences that allow little consideration for individual characteristics.

 

Sentencing Policy News
April 17, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Connecticut Governor calls for "Second Chance Society"

Connecticut: Governor Leads Effort for "Second Chance Society"

Kentucky: Addressing Sentence Lengths for Persons with Prior Felony Convictions

Massachusetts: Advocates Support Felony Reclassification and Reinvesting Savings

Other News: Alabama, Maryland, Missouri, and more...


April 15, 2015
Race and Justice News: Chicago Police Stops Outpace New York's Stop and Frisk Peak

Policing: Chicago Police Stops Outpace New York's Stop and Frisk Peak

Philadelphia Police Continue Stop and Frisks Without Reasonable Suspicion

Prosecution and Sentencing: Cumulative Racial Disadvantage in the Criminal Justice System

Films: Documentary Depicts Efforts to Desegregate California Prison Cells

Books: The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice


April 15, 2015 (Salon)
America’s criminal justice disgrace: How Apple’s ban of former felons reveals the long road to real reform

The Sentencing Project's Director of Advocacy Nicole Porter recently spoke with Salon about employment for people with criminal records, criminal justice issues as civil rights issues, and what is necessary to take to tackle mass incarceration in the United States.


April 11, 2015 (Newsweek)
State Prison Populations Show Upswings, Declines

Since 1999, 34 states have seen “at least a modest decline” in their prison populations, but 16 have recorded upswings, according to new data released by The Sentencing Project that demonstrate incarceration rates vary dramatically between states.

New Jersey had the biggest drop in inmates since 1999, at 29 percent, while New York experienced a 27 percent decline and California's since 2006 was 22 percent. Overall, nine states posted double-digit drops.


April 10, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: MD legislature approves voting rights for people on probation & parole

Maryland: Legislature approves voting rights bill for people on probation and parole

Minnesota: Voting rights bill appears stalled

National: U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to restore voting rights after prison

International: Election newspaper distributed to Australian prisons and locked hospitals