December 17, 2019
One Year After the First Step Act: Mixed Outcomes
In commemoration of the sentencing reform law’s passage one year ago this week, The Sentencing Project has published an analysis of the law’s successes, challenges and the reform left undone.
Willie Mays Aikens
In 2008, Willie Mays Aikens made headlines when a federal judge reduced his lengthy prison term to 14 years as a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s adjustment to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines. Aikens was released in June 2008.
December 21, 2016
The Obama Legacy: Chipping Away at Mass Incarceration
Marc Mauer assesses the accomplishments of the Obama Administration and provides thoughts on criminal justice reform for the coming years.
November 29, 2016
Citing Uncertainty of Next Administration’s Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform, Broad Coalition Calls On Obama to Expand Clemency Eligibility
A broad coalition of criminal justice reform advocates, former judges and prosecutors, and legal scholars urge President Obama to expand the number of people eligible for clemency by considering commutations for broad categories of non-violent offenses.
November 29, 2016
Law and order agenda should take note of bipartisanship’s results
Trump ran his campaign on “law and order,” but the incoming president and attorney general would be wise to build on successful, bipartisan criminal justice reform initiatives in the months and years ahead.
August 26, 2014
Letter in Support of California Fair Sentencing Act
The Sentencing Project and other national criminal justice reform and faith organizations support California's Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010). The measure equalizes quantity triggers for certain cocaine base and cocaine powder offenses and would provide a fair approach and correct an imbalance in California’s sentencing laws.
June 01, 2011
Testimony to the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Crack Cocaine Retroactivity
In testimony before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Marc Mauer argued that the federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine should be applied retroactively for individuals currently in prison. If adopted by the Commission, retroactivity would reduce the sentences of about 12,000 federal prisoners by an average of three years.
October 20, 2010
Federal Crack Cocaine Sentencing
An assessment of the cocaine sentencing debate that explores the racial impact of the crack sentencing disparity, clarifies misconceptions regarding crack addiction, and outlines solutions to eliminate sentencing unfairness.
August 16, 2010
Letter to U.S. Sentencing Commission Urging that the Fair Sentencing Act be Applied Retroactively
The Sentencing Project urges that the Sentencing Guideline changes mandated under the Fair Sentencing Act - reducing the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine to 18 to 1 - apply to persons arrested and sentenced prior to the law’s enactment on August 3, 2010.