As cliché as it may sound, Captain Alexis Fecteau believes in justice. But he also believes that there are some flaws in the system. Thus, he has devoted a lot of his time researching organizations and movements such as The Sentencing Project
Based on the pilot programs of Atty. Malcolm C. Young in the early ‘80s, The Sentencing Project was incorporated in 1986 as an independent organization. It was meant to continue the work of Young’s National Legal Aid Defender Association (NLADA) in training and development. In the late ‘80s, The Sentencing Project expanded its scope to include research and education on topics revolving around criminal justice, adds Captain Alexis Fecteau.
From vandalism to theft to all kinds of misdemeanors and felonies, The Sentencing Project educates participants on policies — federal, state, and local levels. At times, the organization works with key officers and public officials, as well. However, most of the time, The Sentencing Project champions policies that would be deemed good for everyone.
The Sentencing Project has been getting mostly positive results and reactions throughout the years, as many key personalities see the movement as one that takes specific cases of the spotlight so that something may be done about them. According to Captain Alexis Fecteau, many public officials have praised the strength of the organization when it comes to research.
In 2016, on its 30th year, The Sentencing Project made its presence felt on the national stage once again as it shared pertinent data in a national debate that touched on the disparities in arrests, sentencing, and incarceration between racial and ethnic minorities and the rest of the population. In line with this, The Sentencing Project provided data revealing the stripping of voting rights for people convicted of felonies.
The Sentencing Project also brings attention to issues such as mass incarceration and extended prison time for convicted felons, as well as the excess use of taxpayer’s money for inefficient correctional methods. Captain Alexis Fecteau notes that one of The Sentencing Project’s most praised efforts was its 2016 state-by-state data on 6.1 million voters who lost their voting privileges because of their convictions. A huge part of these numbers, around 4 million, had already completed their sentences long before the voting period.