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August 9, 2013

Brennan Center assembles lots of note on new mass incarceration webpage

I was pleased to just learn that the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law has this notable new mass incarceration page page on its website.  Here is how the page explains the Brennan Center's concerns and efforts:

With 2.3 million Americans behind bars, the criminal justice system is larger than ever.  Its growing tentacles have caught almost every demographic subset of our country.  The U.S. has less than five percent of the world’s population, yet incarcerates nearly a quarter of the world’s prisoners.  The system also has massive hidden economic and societal costs that reverberate throughout society, affecting all of us.

The Brennan Center seeks to reduce mass incarceration through policy and legal reforms to create a more rational system that protects public safety and communities.  The Center seeks to eliminate the criminalization of minor behavior, reform selective enforcement policies, institute a proportional system of punishment, and holding all actors in the criminal justice system accountable by ensuring that government dollars are spent on effective, evidence-based programs.

Among the many interesting items already to be found via this page are this Brennan Center letter expressing support for the recently-introduced Smarter Sentencing Act and this Brennan Center letter urging the US Sentencing Commission to focus on incarceration-reducing priorities.

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