Research and Policy Report on Sentencing

Task Forces and Commissions

Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives: Final Recommendations of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal CorrectionsCharles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, January 2016.

Justice Kennedy Commission Report & Approved Recommendations, American Bar Association, August 2004.

A Report on Behalf of The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Task Force on The Reform of Federal Sentencing for Economic CrimesThe American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, November 10, 2014.


Playbook for Change? States Reconsider Mandatory Sentences, Vera Institute of Justice, 2014

Drug-Free Zone Laws: An Overview of State Policies, The Sentencing Project.

Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies, The Sentencing Project, 2014.

Federal Prosecution for the 21st Century, Brennan Center for Justice, September 23, 2014.

Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States, The Sentencing Project, July 2014.

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Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States, The Hamilton Project, May 2014.

The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences, The National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council, 2014.

Nation Behind Bars: A Human Rights Solution, Human Rights Watch, 2014.

A New Approach to Reducing Incarceration While Maintaining Low Rates of Crime, The Hamilton Project, May 2014.

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Reconsidering Mandatory Minimum Sentences: The Arguments for and Against Potential Reforms, The Heritage Foundation, February 2014.

A Living Death: Life without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses, ACLU, 2013.

An Offer You Can't Refuse, Human Rights Watch, December 5, 2013.

Reforming Funding to Reduce Mass Incarceration, Brennan Center for Justice, 2013.

Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America, The Sentencing Project, 2013.

Stemming the Tide: Strategies to Reduce the Growth and Cut the Cost of the Federal Prison System, Urban Institute, November 2013.

State Spending for Corrections: Long-Term Trends and Recent Criminal Justice Policy Reforms, The National Association of State Budget Officers, September 2013.

Trends in Sentencing and Corrections: State Legislation, by Alison Lawrence, National Conference of State Legislatures, July 2013.

Ending Mass Incarceration: Charting a New Justice Reinvestment, The Sentencing Project and the ACLU,  April 2013.

The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options, Congressional Research Service, January 22, 2013.

Realigning Justice Resources: A Review of Population and Spending Shifts in Prison and Community Corrections, Vera Institute of Justice, September 2012.

Public Opinion on Sentencing and Corrections Policy in America, Pew Center on the States, March 2012.

To Build a Better Criminal Justice System: 25 Experts Envision the Next 25 Years of Reform, The Sentencing Project, March 2012.

Improving Budget Analysis of State Criminal Justice Reforms: A Strategy for Better Outcomes and Saving Money, American Civil Liberties Union, January 11, 2012.

Money Well Spent: How positive social investments will reduce incarceration rates, improve public safety, and promote the well-being of communities, Justice Policy Institute, September 2010.