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August 15, 2022

Request for a Thematic Hearing on Life Imprisonment in the Americas

The Sentencing Project, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Penal Reform International submitted a request to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for a thematic hearing on life imprisonment in the Organization of American States (OAS) region.
July 27, 2022

Comments to the Food and Drug Administration on the Proposed Ban of Menthol Cigarettes

The Sentencing Project submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the proposed Tobacco Product Standard for Menthol in Cigarettes.
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Kimberly Haven

Kimberly Haven’s journey as an advocate began when she sought to regain her own voting rights after release from a Maryland prison in 2001. She soon became passionate about the unfairness of disenfranchising citizens after they have completed their sentence and returned to the community.
July 20, 2022

Comment on Home Confinement Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Amy Fettig submitted comments to the Office of the Attorney General on behalf of The Sentencing project regarding the United States Department of Justice’s proposed rule on CARES Act Home Confinement.
July 14, 2022

Shadow Report to the United Nations on Racial Disparities in Sentencing in the United States

The Sentencing Project and the ACLU submitted a shadow report to the United Nations on the impact of racial disparities in sentencing.
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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.
June 30, 2022

Listening and Exchange Session on “Recognizing and Addressing Victim/Offender Overlap"

The Sentencing Project and national victim/survivor advocate Anne Seymour co-facilitated a listening and exchange session around recognizing and addressing victim-offender overlap in our efforts to create public safety, prevent violence and ensure humane justice systems.
June 23, 2022

Nothing But Time: Elderly Americans Serving Life Without Parole

Almost half of the people serving life without parole are 50 years old or more and one in four is at least 60 years old.
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Andres Idarraga

After his release in June of 2004, Andres Idarraga became a full-time student at Brown University studying comparative literature and economics while maintaining full-time employment. Idarraga saw his right to vote as a significant and crucial aspect to rebuilding his life and to contributing to his community.
June 21, 2022

Race & Justice News: North Carolina Re-Enfranchises People on Probation and Parole

North Carolina Court re-enfranchises people on probation and parole, state supreme courts lack racial diversity, and more in the latest Race & Justice Newsletter.
June 14, 2022

Data Reveals Violence Among Youth Under 18 Has Not Spiked in the Pandemic

Pervasive discussions about adolescent crime have revitalized calls for punitive approaches to youth justice that don’t work
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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.
June 09, 2022

Incarcerated LGBTQ+ Adults and Youth

Emma Stammen and Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D.
This brief examines the criminalization and over-incarceration of LGBTQ+ people in the United States, highlighting the drivers of overrepresentation and presenting recommendations for reform.
May 27, 2022

Oversight Hearing on Clemency and the Office of the Pardon Attorney

William Underwood
Senior Fellow William "Bill" Underwood testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the need for Congress to provide more opportunities for second chances for people serving extreme sentences.
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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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