Recently released inmates walk past the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Community Reentry and Resource Center outside the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles in 2014. (Los Angeles Times)
In Congress, we saw substantial progress on sentencing reform legislation that would address some of the fundamental injustices of the drug war while at the state level, initiatives to reduce the scale of incarceration gained support among diverse constituencies.
Since 1986, The Sentencing Project has played a major role in producing research and analysis designed to shape the policy debate on these issues.
Michelle Alexander, champions the end of mass incarceration who’s latest book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” has become a surprise best seller since its paperback version came out in January. Sales have totaled some 175,000 copies after an initial hardcover printing of a mere 3,000, according to the publisher, the New Press.