Racial Disparity News
November 16, 2015 (Minnesota Public Radio)
Does race change the way people discuss drug crimes?
"Does race change the way people discuss drug crimes?" asks Minnesota Public Radio. The Sentencing Project's research analysts Nazgol Ghandnoosh and Ashley Nellis respond.
November 4, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: Investigation reveals arbitrary process of voting rights restoration
Florida: Jeb Bush approved only one-fifth of the 385K applications for civil rights submitted while governor
Iowa: Judge upholds state ban on voting with a felony conviction
National: Rep. Jeffries proposes bill to restore voting rights in federal elections
Attorney General Loretta Lynch on felony disenfranchisement: "Let them vote."
International: New Zealand High Court rules against blanket ban on prison voting
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 1, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
Momentous Legislation Indicates "Tough on Crime" Days are Over
Today, Republicans and Democrats in Congress are coming together to end a disastrous era of "tough on crime" politics. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, introduced today by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), takes 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.