Testimony of Nicole D. Porter, Director of Advocacy at The Sentencing Project, submitted before the D.C. Jails and Justice Task Force about the future of jail capacity and criminal justice priorities in Washington, D.C
In testimony submitted before the DC Jails and Justice Task Force, Nicole Porter, Director of Advocacy at The Sentencing Project, highlighted ways to meet DC residents’ basic needs with a focus on preventing crime and affirming community connections.
To read her full testimony, download the PDF below.
As the movement to challenge mass incarceration evolves there is growing attention being given to the dramatic impact of life sentences on the prison population. In 2019 national and state groups worked to build the base of support for ending life imprisonment. State advocates and organizers facilitated connections through strategy sessions to support reform.
Declining support for the death penalty is a victory, but its presence or absence shouldn't be our sole barometer for a proportionate sentencing regime. Life without parole as the "humane alternative" to death is highly problematic.