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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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January 19, 2017

State Advances in Criminal Justice Reform, 2016

During 2016, reforms were adopted in at least 17 states targeted at reducing prison populations and addressing collateral consequences for people with criminal convictions.
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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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The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform
January 05, 2017

The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

President Obama draws on The Sentencing Project's research to highlight the urgent need to end mass incarceration.
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Disenfranchisement News: Unlocking Democracy in the Cells and on the Streets
December 20, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: Unlocking Democracy in the Cells and on the Streets

NAACP LDF and The Sentencing Project release new felony disenfranchisement brief, Florida Supreme Court to review voting rights amendment, and more in our 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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December 19, 2016

Free the Vote: Unlocking Democracy in the Cells and on the Streets

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and The Sentencing Project
We can free the vote for people who have been made vulnerable by harmful and discriminatory felony disenfranchisement laws, and in turn, strengthen our collective democracy.
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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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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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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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C-SPAN highlights The Sentencing Project’s 6 Million Lost Voters Report
October 06, 2016

C-SPAN highlights The Sentencing Project’s 6 Million Lost Voters Report

Marc Mauer discusses The Sentencing Project's felony disenfranchisement report, and answers questions from people for and against restoring rights to people with felony convictions.
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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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October 06, 2016

6 Million Lost Voters: State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, 2016

Christopher Uggen, Ryan Larson, and Sarah Shannon
A record 6.1 million Americans are forbidden to vote because of felony disenfranchisement, or laws restricting voting rights for those convicted of felony-level crimes. The number of disenfranchised individuals has increased dramatically along with the rise in criminal justice populations in recent decades, rising from an estimated 1.17 million in 1976 to 6.1 million today.
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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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