Links to Sites on Sentencing Advocacy, Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice Reform
National Association of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists - The National Association of Sentencing and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS) is a membership organization dedicated to the promotion of fair, humane, and equitable sentencing and confinement decisions for all people in the United States. The Association is designed to advance the field of sentencing advocacy by fostering the professional development of its members and upholding the ethical standards of practice of the organization.
History of Defense-Based Sentencing Advocacy and NASAMS - A brief history of the National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS) dating back to Boston shoemaker John Augustus.
National Legal Aid and Defender Association - NLADA is the nation's leading advocate for front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals - those who make a difference in the lives of low-income clients and their families and communities.
Restorative Justice Online - The purpose of Restorative Justice Online is to be an authoritative, credible, non-partisan source of information on restorative justice. Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders.
TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime - On-line source for liberal coverage of crime-related political and injustice news. TalkLeft was created by Denver-based criminal defense attorney Jeralyn Merritt in 2000 as a companion site to CrimeLynx®, the criminal defense practitioner's Guide to the Internet. In June, 2002, TalkLeft was converted into a weblog. Since then, it has received more than 7 million visitors.
PrisonSucks.com - Despite its unconventional name, PrisonSucks.com is a clearinghouse for useful, verifiable statistics about the crime control industry. Too often, prison activists use statistics that are out of date, provided without citation or simply wrong. Be prepared to win without being sidetracked by arguments over defective statistics. In some cases, the numbers we need don't exist. In others, the facts exist but activists don't know where to find them. Now you do. Start at PrisonSucks.com.
The Sentencing Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime. It is a nationally recognized source of criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program information. Its reports, publications, and staff are relied upon by the public, policymakers and the media.
CrimeLynx - Always current, always topical, CrimeLynx is updated daily with news and commentary of interest to the criminal defense community and journalists covering crime-related news and politics. In addition to legal research and media links, CrimeLynx also publishes the best internet forensic and expert witness and investigative links, as well as links to the most informative crime policy sites.
Open Society Institute - The Open Society Institute works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve its mission, OSI seeks to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.