On today’s show host John Odermatt is joined by Nazgol Ghandnoosh from the The Sentencing Project. Nazgol studied Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, before moving to Los Angeles for graduate school. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Nazgol has worked as a researcher for the consulting firm Monitor Group and at Columbia University’s National Center for Children in Poverty. In Los Angeles, she contributed to “Ban the Box” reform efforts to enhance employment prospects for people with criminal records and worked on campaigns to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. Currently, Nazgol is a Research Analyst at The Sentencing Project, which is a nonprofit organization engaged in research and advocacy for criminal justice reform. She’s on the show today to discuss her report titled: Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences.
Here’s what we talked about:
- Nazgol shares how she became passionate about criminal justice reform and discusses the path that led her to her current role at The Sentencing Project.
- John and Nazgol discuss the factors that have led to the growth in length of prison terms for parole-eligible lifers?
- Nazgol points out issues and problems with parole boards that work against prisoners receiving a fair hearing in front of parole boards.
Relevant reading material:
- Nazgol’s report for The Sentencing Project: Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences
- Follow Nazgol on Twitter: @NazgolG
- The Sentencing Project’s proposal of a 20-year cap on sentences.
- A Michigan-based advocacy group (Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending; CAPPS) effectively advocated for the passage of HB 5273 in 2016, which limits the authority of judges to prevent the board from granting parole.
- The Baltimore Sun editorial board writing in favor of a bill to remove the governor from the parole process. The bill has passed the House.
- Policymakers in Washington considered House Bill 1789, legislation that would establish a community review board to evaluate sentencing release applications for certain incarcerated persons after 20 years in prison.
- California Lifers Paroled in Record Numbers
- With pressure from the courts and advocates New York’s governor and parole board have proposed new regulations in 2016 to comply with the 2011 statutory requirements to shift the board’s focus away from criminal history and seriousness of the crime to evaluations of current public safety risk.
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