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Taking a second look at life imprisonment
November 07, 2019

Taking a second look at life imprisonment

In most Western European nations, sentences of more than 20 years are rare either by statute or in practice. The United States, with just 4 percent of the world’s population, houses more than half of the world’s population of people serving life without parole.
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Race & Justice News: Police Departments Reduce Low-Level Arrests
November 04, 2019

Race & Justice News: Police Departments Reduce Low-Level Arrests

Report finds Los Angeles courts’ mandatory community service is “fundamentally coercive,” Philadelphia's African Americans are disproportionately stuck in probation trap, and more in Race & Justice News.
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Marlo Hargrove and David Waller

Marlo Hargrove and David Waller both successfully regained their voting rights after receiving felony convictions and serving their sentences.
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State Advocacy Update: Inside-Outside Organizing in Ending Life Imprisonment
October 31, 2019

State Advocacy Update: Inside-Outside Organizing in Ending Life Imprisonment

Raising awareness about the realities of lifelong prison terms has surfaced new activism in dismantling mass incarceration. This awareness can build on years of advocacy that aligns the lived experiences of those sentenced to life prison terms to activists on the outside.
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October 24, 2019

Private Prisons in the United States

U.S. private prisons incarcerated 121,718 people in 2017, representing 8.2% of the total state and federal prison population.  
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Theresa McIntyre Smith

In 1999, Theresa Smith was arrested at an airport after she met a drug courier in Roy Mercer’s network and according to the government, identified a suitcase containing eleven kilograms of cocaine for the courier. Smith said she had been told by Mercer that the suitcase contained his nieces’ clothes. For this first-time non-violent offense, Smith was sentenced to a ten-year mandatory prison term.
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Disenfranchisement News: Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Limiting Voting Rights
October 21, 2019

Disenfranchisement News: Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Limiting Voting Rights

Federal judge issued preliminary injunction blocking Florida law, Iowa Governor continues to push to expand voting rights, and more in Disenfranchisement News.
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October 08, 2019

Youth Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Despite evidence that adolescent brain development should mitigate the culpability of youth, all states allow juveniles to be sentenced to life imprisonment.
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July 26, 2017

Dr. Stanley Andrisse

From prison cells to PhD, Dr. Stanley Andrisse shares his transformation to inspire those impacted by the criminal justice system.
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September 30, 2019

Racial Impact Statements

Racial impact statements are a tool for lawmakers to evaluate potential disparities of proposed legislation prior to adoption and implementation. Analogous to fiscal impact statements, they assist legislators in detecting unforeseen policy ramifications.
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State Advocacy Update: Research Resources to Challenge Mass Incarceration
September 30, 2019

State Advocacy Update: Research Resources to Challenge Mass Incarceration

Research is a starting point for many activists challenging mass incarceration, including tracking state imprisonment levels and other trends. Dismantling punitive policies that contribute to high prison populations requires a collaborative approach to shift hearts and minds through advocacy, research, and other strategies.
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Christopher Poulos

When Chris Poulos was arrested, he experienced firsthand the difference that money can make in the criminal justice system. He recounts the experience in his own words.
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Race & Justice News: Racial Impact of Florida’s Criminal Laws
September 27, 2019

Race & Justice News: Racial Impact of Florida’s Criminal Laws

State supreme courts less reflective of nation’s diversity, Florida lawmakers partner with researchers to assess racial impact of legislation, increase in Virginia's marijuana arrests sparks calls for change, and more in Race & Justice News.
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A Second Look at Long Sentences Is the Bold Approach We Need on Criminal Justice Reform
September 26, 2019

A Second Look at Long Sentences Is the Bold Approach We Need on Criminal Justice Reform

Kara Gotsch
For the bipartisan lawmakers in Washington, and the 2020 presidential candidates who have pledged to address the problems in the criminal justice system, a broader approach to challenge mass incarceration and promote public safety is long overdue.
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Kemba Smith

At 24 years old, Kemba Smith was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison for conspiracy to participate in her boyfriend's drug activities, a non-violent, first-time offense. For years, her parents galvanized a tireless movement seeking clemency for their daughter.
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