Resources from Advocacy Groups
Two organizations are doing work specifically to address the racial and ethnic disparities that lead to the disproportionate incarceration of Latinos and blacks in the United States.
The Pretrial Justice Institute is the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring informed pretrial decision making for safe communities. This site serves as a practice-based, informational resource for practitioners, policy makers, and advocates interested in improving the pretrial justice system.
The Sentencing Project works toward policy reform at each step in the criminal justice system through research, media campaigns, and strategic advocacy. The Sentencing Project focuses on promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices in the system, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.
Some of the Sentencing Project’s most recent publications include State-Level Estimates of Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States (2012), a report documenting the millions of Americans who are disenfranchised as a result of a conviction; A Lifetime of Punishment: The Impact of the Felony Drug Ban on Welfare Benefits (2013), a report on the consequences of withholding federal benefits from those with felony drug convictions; and To Build a Better Criminal Justice System: 25 Experts Envision the Next 25 Years of Reform (2012), a collection of op-ed essays written by leaders in criminal justice and related fields on their visions of reform.
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