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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Sentencing Project Releases Its 2016 Annual Report
April 20, 2017

The Sentencing Project Releases Its 2016 Annual Report

Learn more about how our research and analysis in 2016 played a major role in shaping the policy debate around criminal justice reform.
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Disenfranchisement News: 68% increase in disenfranchised Kentuckians since 2006
March 01, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: 68% increase in disenfranchised Kentuckians since 2006

Kentucky has the nation's highest African American disenfranchisement rate, half of Nebraska counties give misinformation on restoration of rights, and more in our 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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State Advocacy Update: Continuing the Effort to Advance Criminal Justice Reform
February 13, 2017

State Advocacy Update: Continuing the Effort to Advance Criminal Justice Reform

In Texas, more than 100 immigrants, formerly incarcerated individuals, and activists coalesce in a show of solidarity to advance reform efforts.  
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Midlands Voices: End the wait, return felons' voting rights
January 24, 2017

Midlands Voices: End the wait, return felons' voting rights

In Omaha World-Herald, Nicole D. Porter and Bri McLarty Huppert from Nebraskans for Civic Reform call for restoring voting rights for Nebraskans with felony convictions.
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