This fact sheet, updated May 2021, provides a compilation of key developments in the criminal justice system over the past several decades.
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August 15, 2022
Request for a Thematic Hearing on Life Imprisonment in the Americas
The Sentencing Project, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Penal Reform International submitted a request to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for a thematic hearing on life imprisonment in the Organization of American States (OAS) region.
August 11, 2022
Repurposing Correctional Facilities to Strengthen Communities
Twenty-one states partially closed or fully closed at least one correctional facility since 2000, resulting in a trend of prison repurposing in which old prisons are converted for community and commercial use.