Drug Policy News
February 10, 2016 (The Sentencing Project)
New Publication: The State of Sentencing 2015: Developments in Policy and Practice
The State of Sentencing 2015: Developments in Policy and Practice highlights reforms in 30 states that demonstrate a continued trend to reform sentencing policies and scale back the use of imprisonment without compromising public safety. The report provides an overview of recent policy reforms in the areas of sentencing, probation and parole, collateral consequences, and juvenile justice.
January 7, 2016 (Guardian)
Our compassion for drug users should not be determined by race
"Political leaders are displaying increasing amounts of empathy for those suffering from addiction. But, in a society still largely divided along racial lines, our willingness to express compassion is all too often a function of how much we can personally identify with those who are suffering – and that goes for presidential candidates too," writes The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer in the Guardian.
November 17, 2015 (Courier-Journal)
Congress should pass criminal justice reform
"A few weeks ago, a remarkable thing happened in Congress. A bipartisan group of senators introduced a substantive criminal justice reform bill that stands a good chance of passage in the coming months," writes Jeremy Haile in the Courier-Journal.
Author: Jeremy Haile
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.
October 29, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Budget Remedies to Address Mass Incarceration
Budget Remedies to Address Mass Incarceration
Early Start: Legislative Pre-filing
Social Networking for Reform
Other News: Oklahoma, Michigan and New York
This time of year offers advocacy organizations an opportunity to determine policy goals and strengthen the infrastructure necessary to advance reform remedies. Many organizations are in research mode, determining what officials approved in other states and assessing the viability of working towards similar goals in their own jurisdictions. Prior to the start of session many state organizers are convening coalition meetings, discussing points of consensus, and identifying champions for policy goals.