People of color, especially Black Americans, are disproportionately impacted by the United States criminal justice system. According to a 2021 report commissioned by The Sentencing Project
, Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly five times the rate of their white counterparts and an estimated one in 81 Black adults are currently serving time in state prison. REFORM Alliance works to drastically reduce the number of people on probation and played an instrumental role in getting a similar law passed in California
. One of the most transformative probation bills in history, the California law caps probation and parole terms at one-to-two years for most offenses. Since this victory, REFORM has played a role in getting similar bills introduced in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Mississippi.