Join the Movement
This year, The Sentencing Project and a coalition of advocates, experts, and partners are launching a public education campaign, 50 Years and a Wake Up: Ending The Mass Incarceration Crisis In America. The campaign raises awareness about the dire state of the criminal legal system in the country, the devastating impact of incarceration on communities and families, and proposes more effective crime prevention strategies for our country.
In 2022, 4.6 million Americans were banned from voting due to a felony conviction. The Sentencing Project is committed to expanding voting rights in every state and works with state partners to provide specific data on state felony disenfranchisement.
DC passes bill to limit extreme sentences
The DC Council unanimously passed the Revised Criminal Code of 2022 (RCCA), a sweeping modernization of the District’s criminal laws.
California passes Racial Justice Act for All
The California Racial Justice Act for All allows people with convictions prior to January 1, 2021 to petition the court and seek relief if racial bias was proven to be present in their case.
Massachusetts Gov signs The VOTES Act
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed The VOTES Act into law, legislation that will protect and guarantee the right to vote for thousands of currently eligible incarcerated voters throughout Massachusetts.
Transformative youth justice reform passes in Maryland
Maryland passed SB691/HB459, legislation that would right-size the state's youth justice system and restrict children's incarceration for low-level offenses.
Top Trends in Criminal Justice Reform, 2022
Formerly incarcerated activists, lawmakers, and advocates achieved important changes in criminal justice policy in 2022 to challenge extreme sentencing, expand voting rights and advance youth justice. This briefing paper highlights top trends in criminal justice reform in 2022.
Second Look in Washington, DC
Second look policies enable extreme sentences to be re-evaluated. D.C.’s Revised Criminal Code Act would set maximum sentences at 45 years and allow every incarcerated person to have their sentence reviewed after serving 15 years. Learn more why this bill is a huge step towards ending our reliance on extreme punishments.
Second Look in Michigan
The Sentencing Project is supporting Michigan partners in building a strong bi-partisan effort to pass second look legislation. The bill would allow individuals sentenced for crimes committed under 26 to seek a sentence review after serving ten years in prison. Hear from our incarcerated partner, Susan Brown, on why we need this urgent reform now.
Can We Stop Over Incarcerating Our Youth?
In a conversation moderated by Director of Youth Justice, Josh Rovner, advocates from Connecticut and Louisiana share their stories of how America’s heavy reliance on out-of-home placement hurts children, families, and public safety.
Formerly Incarcerated People and Advocacy Organizations Urge Reform of US Bureau of Prisons
Activists urge the new Bureau of Prisons director to remember the humanity of the people in federal custody and to listen to their voices.
Racial Justice Fund Grants
In response to the murder of George Floyd, The Sentencing Project established a Racial Justice Fund (RJF) to support our state advocacy partners. Since 2021, we have funded 29 grants to grassroots organizations across 19 jurisdictions. These targeted grants provide our partners with the support needed to build their capacity and increase the scope of their impact.