• On February 11th, 2015, Human Rights Watch sent this letter to Senators Chuck Grassley and Patrick Leahy, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, respectively, to press for improvements to the CORRECTIONS Act that would reduce excessively long periods of incarceration for federal prisoners.
    Feb 11, 2015
  • I write to follow up on my September 9, 2014 letter to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch, in which we urged that the state of Missouri undertake a comprehensive review of law enforcement responses to the protests that began on August 9 in Ferguson. Your recent announcement of the creation of the Ferguson Commission, a panel charged with studying the “the social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown,” left unclear whether the panel will address the many outstanding and serious questions about the police response to the protests.
    Oct 27, 2014
  • In response to a "Dear Colleagues" letter sent by Senators Grassley, Sessions, and Cornyn on May 12th to their Senate colleagues voicing their opposition to portions of the Smarter Sentencing Act. Human Rights Watch wrote a letter to the authors, detailing our concerns with their opposition and responding to their claims.
    May 23, 2014
  • Human Rights Watch writes to express support of California State Senate Bill (SB) 1010 which would reduce the disparities in penalties between crack and powder cocaine.
    Apr 18, 2014
  • Human Rights Watch and 36 other organizations sent a letter to Congressmen Frank Wolf and Chaka Fattah, chairman and ranking member of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. The letter expresses support for the creation of a task force to review the rapidly growing federal correctional system.
    Jul 22, 2013
  • In response to the United States Sentencing Commission’s call for comments on its 2014 priorities, Human Rights Watch submitted the following letter urging the Commission to examine the impact of federal immigration prosecutions on the federal court and prison systems.
    Jul 12, 2013
  • Human Rights Watch sent this letter to members of the US Congress, regarding the scope of the new Congressional Over-Criminalization Task Force. If the task force is to be effective, it needs to tackle multiple flawed facets of the criminal justice system, including not only overcriminalization but also federal sentencing practices.
    Jun 17, 2013
  • May 3, 2013
  • Human Rights Watch wrote to the California Senate Public Safety Committee in support of SB 649, which would grant prosecutors the discretion to charge individuals arrested for simple possession of illicit drugs with a misdemeanor rather than a felony, as well as give judges the ability to reduce a felony simple possession charge to a misdemeanor at the time of conviction.
    Apr 11, 2013
  • Human Rights Watch urged the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee to oppose Senate Bill (SB) 1350, Criminal Penalties. HRW believes that this bill is in violation of international human rights law.
    Apr 5, 2013