Legislators in 25 states have recently introduced second look bills to review long sentences. A federal bill allowing resentencing for youth crimes has bipartisan support. Over 60 elected prosecutors and law enforcement leaders have called for second look legislation, and several prosecutors’ offices have launched sentence review units. These reforms could significantly shrink the prison population and tackle its racial disparities.
This webinar discussed the latest research and advocacy around second look reforms. Panelists highlighted California’s prosecutor-initiated sentencing reviews, DC’s Second Look Amendment Act—impacting up to 29% of its imprisoned population, and the campaign for an Elder Parole bill in New York State.
- Charles Allen, Chair, D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety
- Hillary Blout, Director, For the People
- Joel Castón, Co-Founder, Young Men Emerging Unit at the D.C. Jail
- José Saldaña, Director, Release Aging People in Prison
Moderator: Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Senior Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project