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Disenfranchisement News: Virginia GOP files suit to block 200K people from voting
June 16, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: Virginia GOP files suit to block 200K people from voting

Virginia GOP says the governor's executive order to restore voting rights to 200K people is unconstitutional, D.C. makes voting easier in jail, and more in Disenfranchisement News.
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Race & Justice News: Racial Disparities in Sex Offender Registration
June 13, 2016

Race & Justice News: Racial Disparities in Sex Offender Registration

New study finds that sex offender registration across the country disproportionately affects black men, Department of Education urges university admissions to move "beyond the box," and more in Race and Justice News.
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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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Voting Rights for Individuals with Felony Convictions
May 18, 2016

Voting Rights for Individuals with Felony Convictions

Marc Mauer
Voting is a fundamental right of democracy that should include all individuals, including those with felony convictions.
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May 13, 2016

Expanding Public Safety in the Era of Black Lives Matter

The narrative of “Black Lives Matter” offers a new framework for policymakers, activists, practitioners, and other stakeholders to think about a public safety strategy that is not solely defined by arrests and admissions to prison. This essay in the University of Miami Law Review provides an overview of evidence-based approaches for public safety interventions that exist outside of law enforcement interactions.
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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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Debate Over Restoring Voting Rights to People with Felony Convictions
May 12, 2016

Debate Over Restoring Voting Rights to People with Felony Convictions

The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer discusses the Virginia governor's recent move to restore rights to 200,000 residents and the national context of disenfranchisement reform on the Diane Rehm Show.
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May 10, 2016

Felony Disenfranchisement: A Primer

A striking 5.85 million Americans are prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses. Felony disenfranchisement rates vary by state, as states institute a wide range of disenfranchisement policies.
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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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Race & Justice News: Challenging Racially Homogeneous Juries in Tennessee and Kentucky
May 06, 2016

Race & Justice News: Challenging Racially Homogeneous Juries in Tennessee and Kentucky

Lack of racial diversity on jury panels challenged in Tennessee and Kentucky, Obama Administration "bans the box," and more in our latest Race and Justice News.
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The Sentencing Project Releases Its 2015 Annual Report
May 05, 2016

The Sentencing Project Releases Its 2015 Annual Report

The Sentencing Project's 2015 Annual Report documents our contributions in a whirlwind year for criminal justice reform.
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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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Virginia Republicans Weigh Court Challenge to Voting Rights
May 03, 2016

Virginia Republicans Weigh Court Challenge to Voting Rights

Republican state legislators in Virginia said they are considering a court challenge to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore voting rights to residents with former felony convictions, the New York Times reports.
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State Advocacy Update: Fair Housing Guidance Offers Opportunity for State and Local Advocacy
April 28, 2016

State Advocacy Update: Fair Housing Guidance Offers Opportunity for State and Local Advocacy

Advocates in Kansas City and New Orleans are addressing automatic housing bans in private and public housing.
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