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The Sentencing Project Announces Amy Fettig as Next Executive Director

April 23, 2020
Amy Fettig will succeed Marc Mauer as executive director on July 1st.

Amy Fettig HeadshotOver the past several months The Sentencing Project has engaged in a national search for its next Executive Director. The Board of Directors of The Sentencing Project is pleased to announce that it has selected national criminal justice expert and human rights lawyer Amy Fettig to serve in that position.

“Amy’s extensive litigation, legislative advocacy, and public policy experience on behalf of incarcerated individuals and her established reputation as an organizer, collaborator, and human rights activist makes her uniquely qualified to oversee the nationally recognized research and advocacy work that has been a hallmark of The Sentencing Project,” said Cynthia Jones, President of the Board of Directors of The Sentencing Project.

Amy Fettig has garnered an outstanding reputation for her work on prison conditions in her current role as the Deputy Director of the ACLU National Prison Project, the premier organization litigating on issues of prison and jail conditions. In that capacity, Amy has litigated federal class action conditions cases under the Eighth Amendment, led national advocacy campaigns to address solitary confinement in adult and juvenile institutions and the shackling of pregnant women in prison, and engaged in broad public education on justice reform. Amy has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School, and has previously worked with women in prison and formerly incarcerated individuals in New York City. Amy has a B.A. with distinction from Carleton College, a Master’s from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School. 

“I am thrilled to be joining this remarkable team at such a critical time in the fight to end mass incarceration nationwide,” said Amy Fettig. “The Sentencing Project is uniquely positioned to use its research savvy and sophisticated advocacy to meet the new challenges and opportunities we face and I am honored to help them lead the way.” 

Amy will succeed Marc Mauer, who announced in October that he will be retiring as executive director on July 1st after 33 years at The Sentencing Project. Marc will continue to stay engaged with the organization, providing support to this organizational transition and serving as a Senior Advisor on various sentencing reform projects.

“I’m delighted that our Board has selected Amy Fettig to guide The Sentencing Project in the next phase of our organizational development,” said Marc Mauer. “Amy brings wisdom, passion, and the skills necessary to challenge mass incarceration and to do so in a manner that promotes a more compassionate vision of public safety.”

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