Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston for Race & Justice and its Criminal Justice Institute announced the Fair Punishment Project (FPP).
The Fair Punishment Project will use legal research and educational initiatives to ensure that the U.S. justice system is fair and accountable. The Project will work to highlight the gross injustices resulting from prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective defense lawyers, and racial bias and exclusion. The announcement said:
We’ll be releasing our first report in the next day or two, so keep an eye out — you don’t want to miss it. Future reports will highlight the troubling attributes that outlier death penalty counties have in common, examine America’s top 10 deadliest prosecutors, and look deeply into counties that are plagued by prosecutorial misconduct.
The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute was launched in 2005 by Harvard Law School professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. The Institute serves as a critical bridge between scholarship, law, policy, and practice to solve the challenges of a multi-racial society. The Criminal Justice Institute trains Harvard Law School students who will be the next generation of ethical, effective, and passionate defense lawyers. Led by Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., the Institute leads research of the criminal and juvenile justice systems in order to affect local and national reform.
The Fair Punishment Project will strive to be a valuable resource for anyone and everyone who is interested in bringing about a fair and equitable justice system. We hope you will visit our website at www.fairpunishment.org to learn more about our work, and that you will join us as we address one of the most critical issues of our time. Here are titles and links to some of the notable sentencing-related content already up at the FPP website:
- Challenging Juvenile Life Without Parole: Bell v. Arkansas
- What “The Ferguson Effect”, Crack Babies, & Superpredators Have in Common
- Life Without Parole – From Bad Lawyers to No Lawyer At All
- Racial Disparities Plague Nonviolent LWOP Sentences
- Report Finds Juvenile LWOP Sentences Concentrated in a Few Counties, Disproportionately Impact Youth of Color