One in five Black men born in 2001 is likely to experience imprisonment within their lifetime, a decline from one in three for those born in 1981. But pushback from policymakers threatens further advancement.
Get the facts on racial disparities in the criminal legal system in our report, “One in Five: Ending Racial Inequity in Incarceration.”
“What does it say about a society that treats some of its most victimized and vulnerable citizens with so little compassion and mercy? How do we fix such a terrible injustice?”
Punished for Presence: Reforming Felony Murder
“Felony murder” laws hold people liable for murder if they participated in a crime that resulted in someone’s death. These laws impose murder sentences on people who did not kill or intend to kill. Thousands of Americans, mostly people of color, will remain behind bars their entire lives based on the extreme sentencing provisions associated with a felony murder conviction.
The Sentencing Project and Fair and Just Prosecution host a discussion about the growing movement to reform felony murder statutes.
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