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Disenfranchisement News: Woman sentenced to 5 years for voting with a felony conviction
April 05, 2018

Disenfranchisement News: Woman sentenced to 5 years for voting with a felony conviction

A woman on supervised release voted in the November election and was sentenced to 5 years in prison, Florida officials appeal court order to reform system for restoring voting rights, and more in Disenfranchisement News.
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March 29, 2018

The Sentencing Project Releases its 2017 Annual Report

Learn more about how our research and analysis in 2017 played a major role in shaping the policy debate around criminal justice reform.
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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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Punitive responses to gang violence are not effective
March 28, 2018

Punitive responses to gang violence are not effective

Residents of the communities that experience gang crime want it to stop, and there are better ways to make that happen than sending more people to prison for ever longer sentences.
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State Advocacy News: Challenging mass incarceration
March 26, 2018

State Advocacy News: Challenging mass incarceration

Efforts are underway to expand voting rights, recalibrate life prison terms, and counter efforts to enhance penalties
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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: Judge rules Florida's rights restoration process is unconstitutional
February 26, 2018

Disenfranchisement News: Judge rules Florida's rights restoration process is unconstitutional

Judge says elected, partisan officials have extraordinary authority to grant or withhold the right to vote from hundreds of thousands of people without any constraints, guidelines, or standards.
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February 13, 2018

Felony Disenfranchisement in Mississippi

One Voice, Mississippi NAACP, and The Sentencing Project
In Mississippi, nearly 1 of every 10 adults is disenfranchised due to a felony conviction—more than triple the national rate.
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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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January 31, 2018

Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2017

In recent years a number of states have enacted reforms designed to reduce the scale of incarceration and impact of the collateral consequences of a felony conviction. This briefing paper describes key reforms undertaken in 2017.
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Disenfranchisement News: Re-enfranchised black voters helped push Doug Jones to victory
December 21, 2017

Disenfranchisement News: Re-enfranchised black voters helped push Doug Jones to victory

The strategic effort by various entities to turnout black voters in Alabama included targeting newly re-enfranchised individuals with felony 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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State Advocacy News: Tools to Reform Life Sentences
December 20, 2017

State Advocacy News: Tools to Reform Life Sentences

State advocates are initiating hard conversations to challenge extreme sentences.
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State Advocacy News: Justice Reform Starts With You!
November 16, 2017

State Advocacy News: Justice Reform Starts With You!

Contact us to discuss your 2018 advocacy plan for state criminal justice reform!
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