Link of the Week: Shedding light on the impact of America's overused criminal justice system 8/29/97

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The NCIA report discussed above continues an analysis begun by another Washington think tank called The Sentencing Project. In 1990, the Sentencing Project released a report titled "Young Black Men in the Criminal Justice System: A Growing National Problem," finding that one in every four African American males between the ages of 18 and 35 was under correctional supervision on any given day. In 1995, the Sentencing Project released a follow-up report, finding that the situation had worsened and that the percentage had changed to one in three. While the reports did not tell us what number of those were drug offenders, the 1995 report did report that the bulk of the massive increase in incarceration of African Americans during the preceding 15 years had been due to drug policies.

These and other reports reveal the destructive impact of a criminal justice system running out of control. You can read summaries and order copies on the Sentencing Project's web site, our link of the week: http://www.sproject.com.

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