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September 14, 2015
Race & Justice News: Supreme Court to review Georgia death penalty case for racial bias

Reforms: Policing and Municipal Courts in Ferguson and Missouri

Stop and Frisk in Chicago 

ABA-LDF Joint Statement on Eliminating Bias in the Criminal Justice System 

Persistent Racial Disparities Following Marijuana Reforms in Miami-Dade and Seattle 

School Discipline: Students of Color More Likely to Receive Harsh Response to Misbehavior 

Racial Disparities in School Discipline in Southern States 

Advocacy and Reforms in Miami-Dade, Texas, and Compton 

Youth Justice: Justice Department Finds Racial Bias in St. Louis County Youth Courts 

Death Penalty: Constitutional Concerns with Executions in Lousiana, Colorado, and Georgia 

September 11, 2015 (WBUR)
Race, Class And The Response To Today’s Heroin Epidemic

The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer appeared on WBUR's Here and Now to discuss race, class, and the response to today’s prescription opioid and heroin epidemic with host Robin Young and former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke. In the late 1980s and ’90s, Mayor Schmoke was way out ahead on this issue, shocking people by advocating for decriminalizing the use of drugs, and for treating addiction as a public health crisis.

September 10, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Connecticut Reclassifies Certain Felony Offenses to Misdemeanors

Many state advocates are in the process of getting ready for the next legislative session. Planning may involve organizing strategy meetings or engaging new coalition partners.  Preparing for next year is leading many state advocates to assess policy goals that address mass incarceration and enhance grassroots communication strategies among state-based networks. 

Reclassifying Felony Offenses:

Scaling Back Mandatory Minimums:

Other News: Alabama, Texas, California, and Tennessee

September 3, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: California expands voting rights to an estimated 60,000 people

California: State expands voting rights to an estimated 60,000 people on community supervision 

Maryland: Rally to Unlock the Vote on 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act 

National: Martin O'Malley calls for restoration of voting rights

International: More than 22,000 Canadians behind bars are eligible to vote

August 9, 2015 (Business Insider)
There's blatant inequality at nearly every phase of the criminal justice system

Social science research shows striking racial disparities at nearly every level of the criminal justice system—from arrest rates, to bail amounts, to sentence lengths, to probation hearing outcomes. In eight charts, Business Insider explores what it’s like to be black in the U.S. justice system.