Sentencing Posts

New NJ Criminal Justice Data Law Could Spur Reforms Elsewhere

On Nov. 9, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bill calling on New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal to set up a program to collect and record data on defendants age 18 or older. The data collection and analysis are intended to provide a closer look at potential problems in the system and better equip lawmakers to tackle those issues.

Life Without Parole Sentencing in North Carolina

What explains the puzzle of life without parole (LWOP) sentencing in the United States? In the past two decades, LWOP sentences have reached record highs, with over 50,000 prisoners serving LWOP. Yet during this same period, homicide rates have steadily declined.

Prosecutors and Mass Incarceration

It has long been postulated that America’s mass incarceration phenomenon is driven by increased drug arrests, draconian sentencing, and the growth of a prison industry. Yet among the major players—legislators, judges, police, and prosecutors—one of these is shrouded in mystery.

Beyond Bail

This Article argues that the reduction or eradication of money bail alone has not and will not ensure a fair and unbiased system of pretrial detention, nor will it ensure that poor and marginal defendants will benefit from pretrial release.

#MeToo and Mass Incarceration

This Symposium Guest Editor’s Note is an adapted version of the Introduction to “The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration” (UC Press 2020).

Criminal Justice in the U.S.

Student Training & Education in Public Service has published a new guide on careers and degrees students can purse in order to promote criminal justice reform.