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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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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.
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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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May 12, 2022

Incarcerated Women and Girls

Research on female incarceration is critical to understanding the full consequences of mass incarceration and to unraveling the policies and practices that lead to their criminalization. The number of incarcerated women was nearly five times higher in 2020 than in 1980.
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April 26, 2022

Media Guide: 10 Crime Coverage Dos and Don'ts

The Sentencing Project’s new media guide can help media outlets develop coverage that will better inform the public and policymakers on how to pursue the most effective and humane public safety policies.
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April 05, 2022

Letter Opposing the PROTECT Act of 2022

The PROTECT Act of 2022 would have far-reaching implications for eroding fairness and justice, including the potential to usher in a new era of mandatory minimums.
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March 31, 2022

Felony Murder: An On-Ramp for Extreme Sentencing

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D., Emma Stammen, and Connie Budaci

Although other countries have largely rejected the felony murder doctrine, 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government still use these laws. Felony murder laws compel harsh decades-long – or even life – sentences even when the individual charged did not directly cause or intend the loss of life.

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March 30, 2022

California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans - Criminal Justice Panel

Nicole D. Porter, Senior Director of Advocacy, testified before the California's Reparations Task Force on the Criminal Justice Panel.
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March 15, 2022

Too Many Locked Doors

Josh Rovner
The scope of youth confinement is vastly understated. A one-day count cannot accurately reflect the wide and deep footprint of youth incarceration.
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March 07, 2022

Sign-on Letter: Ensure Fair Process for "Old Law" People in Federal Process

Justice organizations urge Attorney General Merrick Garland to exercise oversight of the U.S. Parole Commission and ensure that the Commission provides a fair process for the several hundred "old law" people within its jurisdiction.
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