The Sentencing Project, Research and Advocacy for Reform

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Dear Friends,

This week The Sentencing Project released a new publication on the impact of felony disenfranchisement in the United States. I am pleased to share with you that 6 Million Lost Voters: State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, 2016 has received national press coverage,  including The Washington Post and The New York Times

I also wanted to bring to your attention a new Netflix original documentary, 13TH, by Ava DuVernay (director, Selma). The title of the film refers to the 13th Amendment, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” 13TH makes the case for how the second qualifying clause of this amendment led to mass criminalization and our sprawling American prison industrial complex. I am featured in the film, along with a variety of criminal justice activists, politicians, historians and formerly incarcerated individuals. You can watch the documentary on Netflix.
We hope that these print and video productions contribute to the growing national momentum for criminal justice reform.

Marc Mauer
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