The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by producing groundbreaking research to promote reforms in sentencing policy, address unjust racial disparities and practices, and to advocate for alternatives to incarceration.

Releases by this organization

Newswire article
Friday, March 12, 2021
Biden Ignores COVID-19 Crisis in Prisons and Jails
Tonight’s address from President Biden, commemorating one-year since the declaration of the Coronavirus Pandemic, ignored a devastating component of the government’s response to the virus – limited relief for incarcerated people. More than 626,000 people in prisons and jails nationwide have been...
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Thursday, February 18, 2021
New Study Finds Extreme Sentencing Increasing
Today, The Sentencing Project released its quadrennial census of people in the United States sentenced to life behind bars. The report, No End in Sight: America’s Enduring Reliance on Life Imprisonment , finds that one in seven people in prison — amounting to 203,865 individuals — is serving a...
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Newswire article
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
Black Youth 5x More Likely To Be Incarcerated Than White Youth
The advancement of racial justice has eluded youth decarceration efforts in the United States. A new report from The Sentencing Project reviews 10 years of youth incarceration data and finds the persistence of racial and ethnic disparities. In an era in which youth incarceration has dropped by half...
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Newswire article
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The Sentencing Project Condemns Lisa Montgomery's Execution
Earlier this morning, the U.S. government executed Lisa Montgomery, the first woman to be federally executed in 67 years. Like many women sentenced to extreme sentences, Lisa Montgomery suffered from a lifetime of physical, mental and sexual abuse. The decades of trauma resulted in documented brain...
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