Following the Obama administration’s vow to use strong executive action in the face of a paralyzed Congress, this proposal outlines 15 steps the administration can take to strengthen democracy, secure justice, and further the rule of law.
A new U.S. Sentencing Commission guideline will reduce sentences for most federal drug offenders by an average of 11 months and help federal judges and prosecutors determine fair and consistent sentences for offenders.
Nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting because of a criminal conviction in their past. Attorney General Eric Holder's call to restore voting rights to these citizens is a significant step forward for democracy.
Today, President Barack H. Obama granted clemency to 21 federal prisoners, including 8 commutations for inmates convicted of crack cocaine-related drug offenses. This is the first retroactive relief for individuals convicted of drug offenses since Attorney General Eric Holder’s August announcement of a directive to curb use of mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders.
The Brennan Center for Justice's new proposal, Reforming Funding to Reduce Mass Incarceration sets out a plan to link federal grant money to modern criminal justice goals – as a tool to promote innovative crime-reduction policies nationwide.
The Brennan Center applauds the introduction of the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bipartisan bill that would reform overly severe drug sentencing policies and give federal judges greater flexibility in sentencing.