Ending both mass incarceration and the ineffectiveness of our current criminal legal system cannot be achieved without addressing the rampant racism that supports it.
Get the facts on rates of incarceration for white, Black and Latinx Americans in our report, The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons.
“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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