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June 16, 2021
Racial Impact Statements
Racial impact statements are a tool for lawmakers to evaluate potential disparities of proposed legislation prior to adoption and implementation. Analogous to fiscal impact statements, they assist legislators in detecting unforeseen policy ramifications.
January 01, 2009
Racial Impact Statements: Changing Policies to Address Disparities
The premise behind racial impact statements is that policies often have unintended consequences that would be best addressed prior to adoption of new initiatives. In this article published in the American Bar Association magazine, Criminal Justice, The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer describes how racial impact statements can improve racial justice outcomes in the criminal justice system.
March 01, 2019
State Advocacy News: Expanding Racial Impact Statements
Seven states – Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, and Vermont – have introduced legislation this year to require racial impact statements.
February 03, 2021
Testimony Before Maine's Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government in Support of Racial Impact Statements
The Sentencing Project's Director of Advocacy Nicole D. Porter submitted expert testimony in support of Maine's LD 2, An Act to Require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the Legislative Process. Racial impact statements offer one means by which state officials can begin to engage in a proactive assessment of how to address these challenging issues in a constructive and proactive way.
February 21, 2021
Testimony in Support of Virginia Racial Impact Statement Bill
The Sentencing Project offered expert testimony in support of Virginia’s House Bill 1990, a Racial Impact Statement Act. In recent years, legislators in several states have introduced legislation to adopt racial impact statements policies.
February 21, 2013
Letter in Support of Racial Impact Statements in Connecticut
The Sentencing Project encourages the Connecticut Legislature’s continued assessment of racial and ethnic impact statements in the consideration of proposed sentencing measures.
March 31, 2021
Race & Justice News: Maryland Will Test Racial Impact Statements
Whites became more punitive near large Black populations in post-Jim Crow era, Maryland will test racial impact statements to assess legislation, Virginia police task force discontinues use of gang database, and more in Race & Justice News.
January 17, 2018
New Jersey Enacts Law to Examine Racial and Ethnic Impact of Sentencing Changes
On his last day in office, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed racial and ethnic impact statement legislation that will provide an opportunity for lawmakers to address the state’s high rate of racial disparity in incarceration.
January 02, 2008
Racial Impact Statements as a Means of Reducing Unwarranted Sentencing Disparities
One way to address the dramatic racial disparities that pervade the criminal justice system is by adopting racial impact statements as a requirement for consideration of new sentencing legislation.
September 27, 2019
Race & Justice News: Racial Impact of Florida’s Criminal Laws
State supreme courts less reflective of nation’s diversity, Florida lawmakers partner with researchers to assess racial impact of legislation, increase in Virginia's marijuana arrests sparks calls for change, and more in Race & Justice News.