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VIDEO: Democrat Bill Would Give an Amnesty to 54,000 Criminals

Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2019) -  H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, would grant an amnesty to three to four million illegal aliens, 700,000 of whom applied for the original DACA. Jessica Vaughan, the Center’s director of policy studies, discusses the need for DACA secondary screening. Inadequate vetting has already led to DACA status for 54,000 individuals with criminal arrests. Further, this amnesty would establish two different standards of behavior for receiving legal status – one for illegal aliens and one for those who come here legally.

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Many state legislatures are in the final days of session. The next few months are an opportunity for community organizers and policy advocates to reflect on recent successes and challenges in the movement to end mass incarceration. Summer can also be a time to deepen expertise, establish relationships with new coalition partners, and plan for the next campaign.

Civic Study

Working to end life imprisonment requires deep study of the issue. Talking with other advocates about the underlying causes will develop a shared analysis and surface policy goals. Advocates might organize discussion groups to dig into the history of life sentences and other drivers of mass incarceration. Conversations might focus on the history of your state’s truth-in-sentencing framework, prosecutorial practices contributing to life sentences, or strategies to improve parole. People challenging mass incarceration often need to come together to discuss shared values that will undo the policies that contributed to prison growth.

Coalition Development

Advocates are often helped by regular interactions that can amplify goals and leverage resources towards a common purpose. The next few months are an opportunity to develop new relationships with organizations and individuals motivated by shared goals. Organizing an effective coalition can achieve wider reach than any one group can attain. For example, Empower Missouri anchored the Smart Sentencing Coalition that included All of Us or None, ACLU, Jewish Community Relations Council, and Americans for Prosperity. The coalition worked together in support of several priorities including sentencing reform.

Advocacy Planning

Getting ready for the next legislative cycle is an opportunity to identify policy goals and determine practical actions. The planning process can help determine targets and the best ways to persuade them to address mass incarceration. Realistic advocacy plans acknowledge resource constraints while prioritizing tactics that help achieve the goal. For example, if your coalition has a small membership organizing a protest may not work, but coordinating phone banking to legislative targets might be achievable. In developing a plan, determine clear and measurable actions that help achieve your advocacy priorities.

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  • Arizona – Policymakers advanced SB 1334, the legislation limits the use of sentencing enhancements if the defendant has no prior convictions.
  • California – Assembly approved AB 32, a bill that would prohibit the state’s prisons agency from establishing or renewing a contract with a for profit prison company.
  • Colorado – Lawmakers expanded voting to persons on parole with passage of HB 1266. As of 2016, more than 8,600 Coloradans were on parole.  
  • Delaware – The Senate approved SB 47, a measure repealing drug sentencing enhancements in targeted geographic zones known to exacerbate racial disparities.
  • Illinois – Lawmakers advanced HB 1587, which authorizes probation as an alternative sanction for qualifying offenses that would otherwise result in a mandatory minimum.
  • Oklahoma – Lawmakers approved HB 1269, which retroactively allows reclassification of certain felonies to misdemeanors and authorizes resentencing. Oklahoma voters previously approved a ballot measure reclassifying qualifying felonies to misdemeanors, but HB 1269 makes that change retroactive.
  • Oregon – Legislature passed SB 1008, a measure that stops youth charged with a violent crime from being convicted under the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing structure, known as Measure 11.
  • Nevada – The Senate voted out AB 183, which would phase out private prisons by 2022. There are no current private prisons in Nevada but the state does pay for 100 private beds in Arizona.
  • Nevada – State lawmakers expanded the franchise by approving AB 431, a measure that authorizes voting rights for persons under parole supervision.
  • Kentucky – The governor signed HB 299, a bill authorizing sentencing credits for life skills program participation for qualifying offenses.
  • Louisiana – House lawmakers passed HB 518, legislation that eliminates nonviolent offenses from the habitual offense statute.
  • Michigan – The governor signed HB 4129, legislation establishing a parole process for the medically frail. The new statutory framework codifies an early release process for persons who qualify.
  • Missouri – Lawmakers approved HB 192, a measure that allows qualifying persons to have an earlier parole hearing. The bill requires the parole board to evaluate those currently serving mandatory minimums to decide if they should be released.
  • Mississippi – Lawmakers opted out of the federal lifetime ban on food and cash assistance for residents with felony drug convictions.
  • Pennsylvania – SB 135 was introduced to address life without parole as a sentencing option.
  • Vermont – Lawmakers approved S. 112, a bill that establishes an earned time policy resulting in sentence reductions for certain offenses. The Legislature repealed the previous good time policy in 2005.

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A Canadian man who sold encrypted Blackberry smartphones to criminals worldwide has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

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New Prison and Jail Population Figures Released by U.S. Department of Justice

Statement of Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project

WASHINGTON DC – “The declines in prison and jail populations reported by the Department of Justice today are encouraging, but still fall far short of what is necessary to end mass incarceration anytime soon. The prison population decreases are heavily influenced by a handful of states that have reduced their populations by 30% or more in recent years. As of yearend 2017 more than half the states were still experiencing increases in their populations or rates of decline only in the single digits. In order to achieve significant reductions policymakers will need to scale back excessive sentencing for all offenses, a key factor which distinguishes the U.S. from other nations.”

The DOJ figures for yearend 2017 reveal the following:

  • The United States remains as the world leader in its rate of incarceration, locking up its citizens at 5-10 times the rate of other industrialized nations.
  • A 2018 analysis by The Sentencing Project revealed that at the current rate of decline it would take 75 years to cut the prison population by 50%.
  • By yearend 2017, the US prison population declined by 7.3% since reaching its peak level in 2009. In the federal system, the decline was 15.7% (since peak year 2011).
  • Six states have reduced their prison populations by at least 30% over the past two decades – Alaska, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. This has come about through a mix of changes in policy and practice within the states.
  • Eleven states, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Washington have yet to downsize their prison populations, registering their greatest prison population counts in 2017.
  • Although the violent crime rate has plummeted to half of its early-1990s level, the number of people imprisoned for a violent offense grew until 2009, and has since declined by just 2%.
  • The population of people serving life sentences is now at a record high. One of every seven individuals in prison – 206,000 – is serving life. For purposes of comparison, the U.S. has five times the population of the United Kingdom, but 1,000 times the number of people serving life without parole.
  • The rate of women’s incarceration has been rising at a faster rate than men’s since the 1980s, and declines in recent years have been slower than among men. Women in state prisons are more likely to be incarcerated for a drug offense than men – 25% vs. 14% – and less likely to be incarcerated for a violent offense – 38% vs. 57%.
  • Racial disparities in women’s incarceration have changed dramatically since the start of the century. Black women were incarcerated at 6 times the rate of white women in 2000, while the 2016 figure is now 1.8 times that rate. These changes have been a function of both a declining number of black women in prison and a rising number of white women. For Hispanic women, the ratio has changed from 1.6 times that of white women in 2000 to 1.4 times in 2016.


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