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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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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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Lawrence and Lamont Garrison

Sentences for federal drug crimes are based on the quantity of the drugs involved, not the individual’s role in the crime. The emphasis on quantity rather than the role of the offender, along with the conspiracy laws, too often result in disproportionate sentencing, even for first-time offenses such as the Garrisons’.
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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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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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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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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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Virginia Court Overturns Order That Restored Voting Rights To Felons
July 22, 2016

Virginia Court Overturns Order That Restored Voting Rights To Felons

In a 4-3 ruling, the Virginia Supreme Court decided that Gov. Terry McAuliffe doesn't have the authority for a blanket restoration of voting rights to state residents with felony convictions.
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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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Race & Justice News: Racial Disparities in Police Use of Force Exceed Disparities in Arrests
July 18, 2016

Race & Justice News: Racial Disparities in Police Use of Force Exceed Disparities in Arrests

Study finds that racial disparities in police use of force cannot be fully explained by racial disparities in arrest rates, thousands of Justice Department employees to receive implicit bias training, and more in our latest Race and Justice News.
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Cop-Protection Bill Could Send Thousands to Federal Prison
July 13, 2016

Cop-Protection Bill Could Send Thousands to Federal Prison

A bill introduced in response to the fatal shooting of five policemen in Dallas would impose strict mandatory minimum sentences for attacks on law enforcement.
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Willie Mays Aikens

In 2008, Willie Mays Aikens made headlines when a federal judge reduced his lengthy prison term to 14 years as a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s adjustment to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines. Aikens was released in June 2008.
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Fix the Racial Disparities in Oregon’s Prisons
July 10, 2016

Fix the Racial Disparities in Oregon’s Prisons

In Oregon in 2014, 1 in 21 of all African American adult males was in prison. The Sentencing Project's Senior Research Analyst Ashley Nellis and Bobbin Singh, Executive Director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, urge Oregon policymakers to take action to address the racial disparities in the state criminal justice system.
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One Robber’s 3 Life Sentences: ’90s Legacy Fills Prisons Today
July 04, 2016

One Robber’s 3 Life Sentences: ’90s Legacy Fills Prisons Today

People convicted of non-violent drug offenses make up only about 17 percent of state prison populations across the country, while people incarcerated for violent offenses make up more than 50 percent.

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Kimberly Haven

Kimberly Haven’s journey as an advocate began when she sought to regain her own voting rights after release from a Maryland prison in 2001. She soon became passionate about the unfairness of disenfranchising citizens after they have completed their sentence and returned to the community.
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