The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is a bipartisan, bicameral reform bill recently introduced in Congress. The legislation would take a number of steps forward to reverse harsh penalties that have come at a ruinous cost to families and taxpayers while producing diminishing returns for public safety.
The Sentencing Project’s Executive Director Marc Mauer has called the bill “the most substantial criminal justice reform legislation introduced since the inception of the ‘tough on crime’ movement.”
This webinar provided an overview of the legislation and the process in Congress and discuss the broader political climate for criminal justice reform.
The webinar slides are available here, and a video recording can be viewed below and here.
Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
Jeremy Haile, Federal Advocacy Counsel, The Sentencing Project
Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and South Carolina have reduced their prison populations between 14-25% over the past decade. This report describes how these five states can serve as decarceration roadmaps for other states.
A coalition of civil rights, criminal justice reform, and human rights groups provided comments to the U.S. Sentencing Commission on ways to improve the fairness and proportionality of the Guidelines; promote individualized review of specific offense conduct; and mitigate excessively punitive provisions.