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Disenfranchisement News: Illinois jail allows in-person voting
July 20, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: Illinois jail allows in-person voting

Cook County Jail allowed in-person voting for the first time in almost a decade, lawsuit seeks to have Alabama educate people about new voting rights law, and more in Disenfranchisement News.
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State Advocacy Update: Texas Set to Close 4 Prisons
June 29, 2017

State Advocacy Update: Texas Set to Close 4 Prisons

Recently, state lawmakers have taken steps to address high rates of incarceration. These policy reforms ranged from deciding to close state prisons, changing sentencing laws, and improving college access for persons with criminal convictions.
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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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June 26, 2017

Trends in U.S. Corrections

The Sentencing Project's key fact sheet provides a compilation of major developments in the criminal justice system over the past several decades.
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Disenfranchisement News: In Alabama, thousands more to regain voting rights
June 06, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: In Alabama, thousands more to regain voting rights

Alabama defines which convictions will result in loss of voting rights, Nebraska fails to remove two-year waiting period on voting, and more in the latest Disenfranchisement News.
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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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Solitary confinement is widespread and ineffective
June 01, 2017

Solitary confinement is widespread and ineffective

Josh Rovner
Commentary by Juvenile Justice Advocacy Associate Josh Rovner for Inside Sources.
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May 22, 2017

Testimony to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Eliminating Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

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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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Race & Justice News: Can Ban the Box Policies Result in Racial Discrimination?
May 17, 2017

Race & Justice News: Can Ban the Box Policies Result in Racial Discrimination?

Ban the Box reforms may disadvantage job applicants of color who do not have criminal histories, Brooklyn prosecutors protect immigrants from deportation over petty crimes, and more in Race and Justice News.
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Federal Prison Population will Expand under new DOJ Directive
May 12, 2017

Federal Prison Population will Expand under new DOJ Directive

The Sentencing Project condemns DOJ’s return to harsh enforcement of low-level drug crimes
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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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State Advocacy Update: Efforts to Address Federal Drug Felony Ban on Public Benefits
May 01, 2017

State Advocacy Update: Efforts to Address Federal Drug Felony Ban on Public Benefits

In 2017, proposals to opt out or modify the lifetime felony drug ban on public benefits were introduced in at least three states.
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Disenfranchisement News: Florida approves language for voting rights ballot
April 26, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: Florida approves language for voting rights ballot

Voting Rights Restoration Amendment is one step closer to being placed on Florida's 2018 ballot, Nebraska legislature votes to end two-year ban on voting for people with felony convictions, and more in the latest Disenfranchisement News.
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