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One in Five

The Sentencing Project’s four-part “One in Five” series examines racial inequities in America’s criminal legal system, as well as highlights promising reforms.

Publications

Explore the four-part series below.

  • Part One

    Ending Racial Inequity in Incarceration

    One in five Black men born in 2001 is likely to experience imprisonment within their lifetime.

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  • Part Two

    Disparities in Crime and Policing

    The wide net that police cast across Black communities and other communities of color is at odds with advancing safety.

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  • Part Three

    Racial Disparity in Imprisonment — Causes and Remedies

    The report examines three causes of racial disparity in imprisonment and presents a series of promising reforms.

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  • Part Four

    How Mass Incarceration Deepens Inequality and Harms Public Safety

    Report explores numerous criminal legal laws and policies that exacerbate socioeconomic inequalities.

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Like an avalanche, racial disparity accumulates as people traverse the criminal legal system. While reforms across the last two decades have helped reduce overall levels of criminal legal system contact, the crisis of mass incarceration and racial injustice persists, and we are at risk of losing momentum and reversing hard-won reforms.

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Co-Director of Research at The Sentencing Project
Lead author of 'One in Five' series