October 25, 2015 (Associated Press)
Early Release: Who the Drug Felons Are and Where They'll Go
At the end of the month, the federal prison system is set to release 6,000 individuals convicted for drug offenses — the largest one-time release of federal prisoners — as part of a national effort to reduce the impact of overly harsh sentencing laws. The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer explains to the Associated Press that the early release of individuals convicted for drug offenses is expected to have a very minimal effect on public safety.
October 21, 2015
Race & Justice News: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South
Diversity: Latinos Underrepresented Among California State Prosecutors
Where Police Don't Mirror Communities and How to Change That
Books: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South
African Americans' Role in the Creation of Mass Incarceration
International: Overrepresentation of Indigenous People in Prison in Australia and Canada
October 19, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
Marc Mauer Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Marc Mauer urges Congress to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, a bipartisan reform bill introduced earlier this month. The legislation would take a number of steps forward to reverse harsh penalties that have come at a ruinous cost to families and taxpayers while producing diminishing returns for public safety.
October 13, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
Justices Question Florida’s Death Penalty System
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could decide whether a 2012 ruling barring mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders can be applied retroactively, but the arguments "devolved into a tangled discussion on a jurisdictional issue that may derail a ruling in the case," the New York Times reports.
October 3, 2015 (NPR)
Here's One Thing Washington Agreed On This Week: Sentencing Reform
"It's wonder enough in sharply-divided Washington that nine Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate came together this week to do anything, let alone touch the once politically charged arena of crime and punishment. But groups as different as the ACLU and Koch Industries had joined this year in a coalition to press for change, and so too did senators as different as Iowa Republican Charles Grassley and Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin," reports NPR.