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The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC)

Declines in Youth Communities and Facilities in the 21st Century

This report examines the major reduction in the number of teenagers committed to juvenile facilities in this century and public safety impacts.

U.S. Prison Population Trends 1999-2014: Broad Variation Among States in Recent Years

A comparative analysis of U.S. Prison Population Trends 1999-2014 reveals broad variation in nationwide incarceration trends across states.      

U.S. Prison Population Trends: Broad Variation Among States in Recent Years

This fact sheet reveals broad variation in nationwide incarceration trends up through 2013.

Incorporating Racial Equality Into Criminal Justice Reform

This briefing paper provides an overview of racial disparities in the criminal justice system and a framework for remedying these disparities.

Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System

This brief explains how DMC in the juvenile justice system is measured and takes a close look at drug offenses, property crimes, and status offenses.

Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies

This report establishes that skewed racial perceptions of crime have bolstered harsh and biased criminal justice policies.

Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States

Three states – New York, NewJersey, and California – have achieved prison population reductions in the range of 25%. They have also seen their crime rates generally decline at a faster pace than the national average.

Report of The Sentencing Project to the United Nations Human Rights Committee: Regarding Racial Disparities in the United States Criminal Justice System

This report chronicles the racial disparity that permeates every stage of the United States criminal justice system, from arrest to trial to sentencing.

Trends in U.S. Corrections

This is set of charts show a wide range of correctional trends, such as jails, prisons, inmate populations, and incarceration rates.

International Growth Trends in Prison Privatization

This report investigates the trends and explores the growth of for-profit prison privatizations across the globe.


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