Research #1: SentencingProject.org

The Source

The Sentencing Project is an organization dedicated to advocating for a fair U.S. criminal justice system. This organization was founded in 1986 and since then, the Sentencing Project has pushed for reform in the areas of sentencing policy, racial profiling, and incarceration practices.

I found this source to be reliable due to their long history of working with the subject of mass incarceration. The organization has funded extensive research and campaigns to educate the public and fight for a fair justice system.

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The Sentencing Project Homepage

What I learned

The Sentencing Project website features news articles, fact pages, and even links to events focusing on the issues. One page that stood out to me was their “Criminal Justice Facts” page which explains the basics of mass incarceration.

One of the most shocking facts is that the number of people in the nation’s prisons and jails had a “500% increase over the last 40 years.” The rest of the page then goes to explain that this change was not due to an increase in the crimes being committed, but changes in criminal policy that put more and more people behind bars.

Analysis

The Sentencing Project is effective in making sure that all of their content is easy to understand for all readers. They avoid heavy usage of lawmaker terms and focus on using everyday language.

Almost every statistic that they present is represented in a visual infographic which really adds to the value of their message, in my opinion. They attribute all of their sources when a fact is not their own.

It is obvious that they are an organization with an agenda. They represent facts, their research, and give suggestions to what the reader can do next to help solve the issue of mass incarceration.

This website is important to my research because it lies out vital facts and shows how organizations are trying to combat the issue despite resistance in the U.S. government.

 

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