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Can the ‘Wisdom of a Second Look’ Curb America’s Appetite for Harsh Sentences?

The evidence shows that excessive sentences do not deter crime, even as they have produced a correctional system bursting at the seams, declared over 60 elected prosecutors and law enforcement leaders, in a joint statement marking Second Chances Month. They called for mechanisms to provide second chances to the individuals behind bars who pose no danger to the community.


Racial Disparities Found in Federal Sex Crime Sentencing

University of Texas at San Antonio researchers looked at the punishment for sex offender and child pornography offenses over an 8-12 year period. They found that, despite Congressional sentencing legislation, Black and Hispanic Americans are receiving harsher sentences over time.