While in recent years there has been an increasing focus on challenging mass incarceration, less attention has been devoted to examining corrections populations overall. In a commentary in The Crime Report, The Sentencing Project’s Executive Director Marc Mauer makes the case for including reducing high rates of community supervision as a key priority for criminal justice reform.
The overall decline in corrections populations is encouraging but, as with the prison population figures, it’s clear that the national trends remain quite modest. A 2013 analysis of The Sentencing Project found that at the previous year’s rate of decarceration, which remains the greatest thus far, it would take 88 years to reduce the prison population down to where it was in 1980.
Similar estimates could be developed for probation and parole today.
Read the full commentary in The Crime Report.
June 14, 2016
The Color of Justice 2016 Report
African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at more than five times the rate of whites, and at least ten times the rate in five states. This report documents the rates of incarceration for whites, African Americans, and Hispanics in each state, identifies three contributors to racial and ethnic disparities in imprisonment, and provides recommendations for reform.
October 07, 2021
Sign-on Letter: Pass the Redefinition of Child Amendment Act of 2021
Justice organizations urge the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia to pass Bill 4-0338, the Redefinition of Child Amendment Act of 2021 as a necessary, common sense approach to juvenile justice reform that will create better outcomes for youth and communities, will treat children as children, and will make significant steps forward in advancing racial equity.