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November 17, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
New Publication: Incorporating Racial Equity into Criminal Justice Reform

There are few areas of American society where racial disparities are as profound and as troubling as in the criminal justice system. Our newest report, Incorporating Racial Equity into Criminal Justice Reform, provides an overview of racial disparities in the criminal justice system and a framework for developing and implementing remedies for these disparities.


November 7, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Hot Off the Presses: The Sentencing Project's 2014 Newsletter

Our 2014 Newsletter is out! Read it to find out what we’ve been up to in the last year, including:

  • How three states – New York, New Jersey, and California – reduced their prison populations in the range of 25% and saw their crime rates generally decline even faster than the national average
  • Updates on federal sentencing reform, including the United States Sentencing Commission’s decision to apply their reduced sentencing guidelines retroactively to 46,000 people currently serving time for drug offenses
  • How state advocates from across the country gained insight and support in strategizing for racial impact statements from The Sentencing Project during our State Advocacy Convening

…and much more!


November 5, 2014
California Voters Pass Proposition 47 Sentencing Reform

California voters have approved Proposition 47, a ballot measure that will reclassify six low-level property and drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. These offenses include shoplifting, theft, and check fraud under $950, as well as personal use of most illegal drugs. State savings resulting from the measure are estimated to be at least $150 million a year and will be used to support school truancy and dropout prevention, victim services, mental health and drug abuse treatment, and other programs designed to expand alternatives to incarceration.


November 5, 2014 (The Liman Report, Yale Law School)
Leveraging the Moment: Resources for High Incarceration Communities

The coalition in support of criminal justice reform is expanding. I recently had the opportunity to present at the League of Women Voters’ national convention. In a meeting room at a Washington area hotel, older women from suburban communities in Missouri and Arizona were very concerned about the nation’s “war on drugs” and the failures of our prison system.

That afternoon underscored just how far the conversation has progressed in the past decade. Leaders from different ideological perspectives are calling for changes to the nation’s criminal justice system. Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House, recently announced an effort to lower the nation’s incarceration rate by fifty percent by 2050. And earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a significant expansion of the federal clemency process in order to reduce excessive prison terms for low-level drug offenders.


October 29, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Race and Justice News

School to Prison Pipeline: Los Angeles Schools Revamp Discipline Policies

Courts: Citizenship Trumps Race in Federal Sentencing Disparities

Vivid Account of Challenges to Biased Jury Selection in North Carolina Capital Cases

Legal Analysis: Why and How the Supreme Court Should Recognize Implicit Racial Bias