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.



Recent news on Sentencing Reform

The Atlantic
Jul 8, 2020

Releasing People From Prison Is Easier Said Than Done
The ReThink Justice DC Coalition
Jul 6, 2020

Mayor Bowser Endorses Local Control of Parole and Two-year US Parole Commission Update
The Week
Jun 30, 2020

Investigation reveals thousands of U.S. judges accused of misconduct have mostly gotten off easy

Resources on Sentencing Reform

Briefing sheet
Human Rights for Kids
Jul 22, 2020
Council on Criminal Justice
Jun 14, 2020
The Justice Roundtable
May 29, 2020
Press release
American Civil Liberties Union
Apr 22, 2020

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