The Sentencing Project is a TRULY EXCELLENT non-profit organization that monitors and analyzes information about criminal justice sentencing — and pushes effectively for progressive reforms. I donate financial support to them and receive regular news from them. I hope you will connect too. See www.sentencingproject.org
In 2019 they — and formerly incarcerated activists, lawmakers, and advocates — worked to challenge mass incarceration. They made good progress in 2019, as they have in recent years. See their new 4-page report, “Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform.” https://www.sentencingproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Top-Trends-in-State-Criminal-Justice-Reform-2019.pdf?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=8251ac2a-bedb-41ec-a088-cc1e529d01e8
It highlights key changes in criminal justice policy achieved in 2019, including these examples:
Sentencing: California repealed a one-year sentence enhancement for each prior prison or county jail felony term, impacting 10,000 people.
Felony Disenfranchisement: Nevada and New Jersey expanded voting rights to people on felony probation or parole, impacting 77,000 and 83,000 people, respectively.
Juvenile Justice: Michigan raised the age at which young defendants are automatically charged as adults from 17 to 18.
Addressing Racial Disparity: Florida adopted a Senate rule for racial impact statements to assess potential disparities of key criminal justice bills prior to implementation.