Policy analysis

Sentencing Reform

California’s sentencing practices have created a system of mass incarceration since the Determinate Sentencing Law (DSL) was enacted in 1977. Data-driven sentencing reform is essential in the pursuit of a fair and effective justice system.

CJCJ provides data-driven analyses on the impacts and outcomes of various sentencing laws, including Three Strikes and the death penalty. These publications enable policymakers to identify areas for potential sentencing reform and evaluate the impact of proposed sentencing-related legislation.

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