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Here are just a few examples of SSN’s work across the states -- work that wouldn't be happening without supporters like you.
Giving Defendants a Fair Chance
For two years, the research of SSN scholar Katherine Beckett was at the center of a debate over whether or not to eliminate the death penalty in Washington. Beckett's study showed that in Washington, black defendants were four times as likely to be sentenced to death as defendants of other races. At the conclusion of the debate, The Seattle Times noted that, "[It is] no exaggeration to say this single finding killed the death penalty."
Protecting Diversity within State Judiciaries
When a judiciary is not diverse, people of color are more likely to be found guilty, face large fines, and to be incarcerated longer. When a bill was introduced in Utah to disallow consideration of race and gender in judicial nominations, the SSN Utah chapter marshalled research about the effects of judicial diversity to inform state legislators, who then blocked a bill that would have likely decreased diversity among judicial nominations.
Increasing Tax Credits for Working Families
Every year, the Earned Income Tax Credit lifts millions of families out of poverty. In Massachusetts, SSN scholars provided written and oral testimony, wrote op-eds for local outlets, and met with state policymakers to enact a 50% increase to the EITC that got 400,000 families the support they need.
Correcting the Math on Right-to-Work Policy
The passage of right-to-work laws across the states have reduced the ability of unions to protect the rights and wages of workers. New Mexico SSN member Tamara Kay wrote an op-ed on the economic losses New Mexicans would suffer if a proposed right-to-work bill became law, which local unions used in their effective campaign to prevent the bill from passing.