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November 29, 2016

Citing Uncertainty of Next Administration’s Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform, Broad Coalition Calls On Obama to Expand Clemency Eligibility

A broad coalition of criminal justice reform advocates, former judges and prosecutors, and legal scholars urge President Obama to expand the number of people eligible for clemency by considering commutations for broad categories of non-violent offenses.
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Disenfranchisement News: How Florida's felony disenfranchisement laws impact elections
November 08, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: How Florida's felony disenfranchisement laws impact elections

Analysis finds Floridians with felony convictions would cast nearly 60K ballots in this election, D.C.mayor visits local jail to help eligible individuals vote, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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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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Race & Justice News:
October 28, 2016

Race & Justice News: "The Jude Effect": Police Brutality Reduces 911 Calls

Study finds that blacks reduce their crime-reporting behavior in the wake of high-profile cases of police brutality, black women with criminal records more likely to face housing discrimination in D.C., and more in our latest Race and Justice News.
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Unable to Vote, New Yorkers Reach Out, Try to Have Impact on U.S. Election
October 12, 2016

Unable to Vote, New Yorkers Reach Out, Try to Have Impact on U.S. Election

A group of formerly incarcerated New Yorkers recently traveled to Ohio with one goal: to inform Ohio residents with felony convictions of their voting rights.
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Christopher Poulos

When Chris Poulos was arrested, he experienced firsthand the difference that money can make in the criminal justice system. He recounts the experience in his own words.
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October 05, 2016

Unlocking Justice: Strategizing for Reform - State Campaign Successes

This webinar highlighted successful efforts to scale back collateral consequences and challenge racial disparity in state sentencing policy.
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Disenfranchisement News: CA grants voting rights to people serving felony sentences in jail
October 04, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: CA grants voting rights to people serving felony sentences in jail

California governor restores voting rights to 50,000 people serving felony sentences in county jails, federal lawsuit seeks to overturn voting ban for people in Alabama with felony convictions, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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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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Lawsuit Accuses Alabama of Bias in Law That Bars Some Felons From Voting
September 26, 2016

Lawsuit Accuses Alabama of Bias in Law That Bars Some Felons From Voting

A federal lawsuit filed on Monday claims that Alabama's law revoking the voting rights of any person “convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude” is racially discriminatory and unconstitutional.
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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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Andres Idarraga

After his release in June of 2004, Andres Idarraga became a full-time student at Brown University studying comparative literature and economics while maintaining full-time employment. Idarraga saw his right to vote as a significant and crucial aspect to rebuilding his life and to contributing to his community.
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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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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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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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