As the Judiciary Committee prepares to consider the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act this month, The Sentencing Project writes to offer its endorsement of the bill’s passage. The federal prison system is the largest in the country, and the Department of Justice’s budget proposal for 2018 projects a 2% increase in the prison population. Gone unchecked, the federal government’s harsh sentencing structure frequently applied to convictions for nonviolent offenses and its underfunded system for rehabilitation exacerbates the fiscal and humanitarian burdens plaguing the prison system. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would take important steps to address this crisis and help create a more equitable and proportionate criminal justice system with no adverse impact on public safety.
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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.