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State Advocacy News: Rallying for Criminal Justice Reform
February 05, 2020

State Advocacy News: Rallying for Criminal Justice Reform

This year, advocates in several states have held rallies or protests designed to influence decision makers in support of justice reform goals.
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The Appeal: The Death Penalty Is Part Of A Larger System of Punishment
January 31, 2020

The Appeal: The Death Penalty Is Part Of A Larger System of Punishment

As the number of people on death row decreases, the number of people serving life sentences has risen. Abolishing the death penalty should not serve as a way to replace one extreme sentence with another—but as a first step to reform extreme sentences altogether, says The Sentencing Project's Ashley Nellis.
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State Advocacy News: Strategizing to End Life Imprisonment
December 23, 2019

State Advocacy News: Strategizing to End Life Imprisonment

As the movement to challenge mass incarceration evolves there is growing attention being given to the dramatic impact of life sentences on the prison population. In 2019 national and state groups worked to build the base of support for ending life imprisonment. State advocates and organizers facilitated connections through strategy sessions to support reform.
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A death by any other name
December 19, 2019

A death by any other name

Ashley Nellis
Declining support for the death penalty is a victory, but its presence or absence shouldn't be our sole barometer for a proportionate sentencing regime. Life without parole as the "humane alternative" to death is highly problematic.
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State Advocacy News: Direct Services to End Life Imprisonment
November 26, 2019

State Advocacy News: Direct Services to End Life Imprisonment

Community organizations working to challenge life imprisonment are anchoring campaigns to address mass incarceration.
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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.
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Taking a second look at life imprisonment
November 07, 2019

Taking a second look at life imprisonment

In most Western European nations, sentences of more than 20 years are rare either by statute or in practice. The United States, with just 4 percent of the world’s population, houses more than half of the world’s population of people serving life without parole.
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State Advocacy Update: Inside-Outside Organizing in Ending Life Imprisonment
October 31, 2019

State Advocacy Update: Inside-Outside Organizing in Ending Life Imprisonment

Raising awareness about the realities of lifelong prison terms has surfaced new activism in dismantling mass incarceration. This awareness can build on years of advocacy that aligns the lived experiences of those sentenced to life prison terms to activists on the outside.
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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.
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State Advocacy Update: Research Resources to Challenge Mass Incarceration
September 30, 2019

State Advocacy Update: Research Resources to Challenge Mass Incarceration

Research is a starting point for many activists challenging mass incarceration, including tracking state imprisonment levels and other trends. Dismantling punitive policies that contribute to high prison populations requires a collaborative approach to shift hearts and minds through advocacy, research, and other strategies.
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