The Next Step: Ending Excessive Punishment for Violent Crimes

The Sentencing Project LogoThis publication from The Sentencing Project highlights 15 reforms in 19 states implemented over the past two decades that have produced more effective, fiscally sound, and humane policies for people convicted of violent crimes, examining how limits on excessive punishments for violent offenses is the critical next step in ending mass incarceration. These reforms include: shortening excessive prison terms for violent convictions, scaling back collateral consequences, narrowing overly broad definitions of violence, ending long term solitary confinement, and rejecting the death penalty.