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A second look at unjust prison terms

A second look at unjust prison terms

Date: January 12, 2021

In December, lawmakers and prosecutors in three cities—the District of Columbia, Baltimore, and Los Angeles—instituted evidence-based reforms to scale back excessive prison terms for serious crimes.

Criminologists and legal experts have long stressed that reoffending rates decline with age and that long prison terms are ineffective crime deterrents. Prison sentences should be given a second look after people have served 10 to 15 years. With growing rejection of the racism in incarceration, scaling back excessive prison terms will enable effective investments in public safety, including violence prevention programs.

Read the full op-ed from The Sentencing Project’s Nazgol Ghandnoosh in the Los Angeles Daily News.