Sentencing Reform

Today, almost one in 100 people are incarcerated in the United States. America’s prison population, which has increased by five hundred percent over the past thirty years, is the largest in the world. For over a quarter of a century mandatory minimum sentences have resulted in harsh punishments which often do not fit the crime, have racially discriminatory outcomes, increase overcrowding and exacerbate prison costs.

  • Take Action: Tell Majority Leader McConnell it’s Time for #JusticeReformNOW
  • Take Action to help pass sentencing reform legislation.
  • Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) discusses why he took on sentencing reform in this Video excerpt
  • Media coverage on the Sentencing Reform Act

 

Recent news on Sentencing Reform

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Arizona Republic
Mar 20, 2017

Hundreds of people in Arizona were sentenced to life with chance of parole. Just one problem: It doesn’t exist
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Times-Picayune
Mar 16, 2017

Jurors shouldn’t be told possible mandatory minimums for repeat offenders, La. Supreme Court rules
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Times-Picayune
Mar 9, 2017

John Bel Edwards reduces 22 prisoners’ terms — and gets Angola inmates’ attention

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