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Time to Take Private Profit Out of Texas Prisons
September 20, 2016

Time to Take Private Profit Out of Texas Prisons

Texas corrections officials and policymakers should take a closer look at the state’s reliance upon privately operated incarceration facilities.
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Mass Incarceration in Middle America
September 16, 2016

Mass Incarceration in Middle America

Criminal justice reform is reducing prison populations in big America cities. But in some suburbs and rural communities, prison populations are actually growing.
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Marlo Hargrove and David Waller

Marlo Hargrove and David Waller both successfully regained their voting rights after receiving felony convictions and serving their sentences.
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Watch: A 30-Year March Toward Justice
September 13, 2016

Watch: A 30-Year March Toward Justice

Watch our 30th anniversary video celebrating The Sentencing Project's work over the last 30 years and looking ahead to the future of criminal justice reform
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How Voting Laws Squelch Urban America’s Voice
September 05, 2016

How Voting Laws Squelch Urban America’s Voice

Upwards of 6 million Americans are ineligible to vote due to a felony conviction, with the disenfranchised population disproportionately concentrated in urban areas.
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Dorothy Gaines

Dorothy Gaines's life changed when Alabama state police raided her home for drugs. Police found no evidence of Gaines having possessed or sold drugs, yet federal prosecutors charged Gaines with drug conspiracy.
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Will States Follow DOJ’s Private Prison Move? Some Are Ahead of the Feds
August 26, 2016

Will States Follow DOJ’s Private Prison Move? Some Are Ahead of the Feds

The Justice Department’s decision to phase out private prisons could have an impact well beyond federal prison facilities if states follow suit.
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Virginia Restores Voting Rights for 13,000 Residents
August 22, 2016

Virginia Restores Voting Rights for 13,000 Residents

One month after the Virginia Supreme Court overturned Governor Terry McAuliffe's blanket clemency order, the governor has announced that he has individually restored voting rights to 13,000 Virginians and is working on doing the same for a total of about 200,000 individuals.
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Denver Schimming

As a previously incarcerated person who had his voting rights restored in 1996, Denver Schimming knew the power and importance of voting. His years in prison taught him that the criminal justice system could change only if impacted people spoke out. After his incarceration, voting was one of his highest priorities.
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Justice Department Will End Use of Private Prisons
August 18, 2016

Justice Department Will End Use of Private Prisons

The use of private prisons since the mid-1980s has facilitated the unprecedented growth in incarceration, particularly in the federal system.
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Can Marijuana Reform End Mass Incarceration?
August 12, 2016

Can Marijuana Reform End Mass Incarceration?

While current marijuana enforcement is counterproductive in many respects, there is little evidence to indicate that it has been a substantial contributor to mass incarceration. Of the 1.5 million people in state or federal prisons, only about 40,000 are incarcerated for a marijuana offense.
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Kemba Smith

At 24 years old, Kemba Smith was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison for conspiracy to participate in her boyfriend's drug activities, a non-violent, first-time offense. For years, her parents galvanized a tireless movement seeking clemency for their daughter.
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Disenfranchisement News: California bill would allow some voting in custody
August 08, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: California bill would allow some voting in custody

California considers a bill to allow some individuals to vote while in custody, the Virginia Supreme Court overturns Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to an estimated 200,000 Virginians who have completed their sentences, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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Obama Clemency Moves Needle on Prison Reform, but More Needed
August 04, 2016

Obama Clemency Moves Needle on Prison Reform, but More Needed

President Obama's clemency grants are an important step in addressing mass incarceration. Now it's time for Congress to act.
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Theresa McIntyre Smith

In 1999, Theresa Smith was arrested at an airport after she met a drug courier in Roy Mercer’s network and according to the government, identified a suitcase containing eleven kilograms of cocaine for the courier. Smith said she had been told by Mercer that the suitcase contained his nieces’ clothes. For this first-time non-violent offense, Smith was sentenced to a ten-year mandatory prison term.
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