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women's prison

Mother’s Day Behind Bars

The rate of growth for female incarceration has outpaced that of males by 50 percent since 1980–and over 60 percent of women in state prisons have a child under 18, according to a fact sheet released Thursday by the Sentencing Project, ahead of Mother’s Day.

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courtroom

Could Sentencing ‘Discounts’ Replace Plea Bargaining?

A forthcoming study argues that putting sentencing authority in the hands of impartial judges will curb prosecutors’ “unfettered” power to force poor defendants to plead guilty or face trial. The study authors propose a more transparent system, similar to Australia’s, which automatically reduces a sentence by fixed percentages if the accused elects to go to trial.

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bail

Why the Money Bail System Needs to End

As little as three days behind bars has been shown to make someone more likely to be rearrested later. So requiring individuals to put up money bail or await their trial behind bars not only discriminates against the poor, but risks public safety.

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