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November 25, 2019

The Sentencing Project’s 2019 Annual Newsletter

This past year we have seen a growing movement to include people convicted of serious offenses in criminal justice reform efforts.
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.  
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.
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.
August 29, 2019

Virtual Life Sentences

Over 44,000 people around the country are serving a sentence of 50 years or more. This fact sheet provides a summary of this long-overlooked population of individuals serving such sentences.
August 21, 2019

Testimony to the D.C. Jails and Justice Task Force

Testimony of Nicole D. Porter, Director of Advocacy at The Sentencing Project, submitted before the D.C. Jails and Justice Task Force about the future of jail capacity and criminal justice priorities in Washington, D.C
July 23, 2019

Juvenile Life Without Parole: An Overview

Josh Rovner
The United States stands alone as the only nation that sentences people to life without parole for crimes committed before turning 18. This briefing paper reviews the Supreme Court precedents that limited the use of JLWOP and the challenges that remain.
July 17, 2019

WEBINAR: Take the Next Step to End Mass incarceration

The next step to ending mass incarceration must include scaling back excessive penalties for people convicted of violent crimes.
July 12, 2019

WEBINAR: Women and Life Imprisonment

The Sentencing Project's Campaign to End Life Imprisonment hosted a webinar discussing research and advocacy around women serving life imprisonment.
July 03, 2019

Women and Girls Serving Life Sentences

Nationwide one of every 15 women in prison — nearly 7,000 women — is serving a life or virtual life sentence.
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