Collateral Consequences News
October 29, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Race and Justice News
School to Prison Pipeline: Los Angeles Schools Revamp Discipline Policies
Courts: Citizenship Trumps Race in Federal Sentencing Disparities
Vivid Account of Challenges to Biased Jury Selection in North Carolina Capital Cases
Legal Analysis: Why and How the Supreme Court Should Recognize Implicit Racial Bias
October 2, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Felony Disenfranchisement and the 2014 Midterm Elections
As the 2014 midterm elections approach, an estimated 5.85 million Americans will be unable to exercise their voting rights due to a current or previous felony conviction. Of the total disenfranchised population, 2.6 million have completed their sentences, yet are disenfranchised in the 12 states with the most restrictive policies. Overall, 75% of disenfranchised individuals are living in the community, either under probation or parole supervision, or having completed their sentences. Disenfranchisement policies have potentially affected the outcomes of previous U.S. elections, particularly as disenfranchisement laws disproportionately impact communities of color, leaving one in every 13 black adults voiceless in the electoral process.
August 7, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
National: Bipartisan Efforts for National Felony Disenfranchisement Reform
Wyoming: State Bill Could Restore Voting Rights to Thousands
Kentucky: Louisville Metro Council Unanimously Approves Resolution in Support of Automatic Rights Restoration
June 23, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Missouri Expands Eligibility for Food Stamps to Persons with Felony Drug Convictions
Missouri Governor Jay Neal has signed Senate Bill 680, which modifies the federal lifetime ban on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), for persons with felony drug convictions. Although the new law is a step in the right direction, it imposes a one-year waiting period after a conviction or release from custody.
June 23, 2014 (The Huffington Post)
States Undo Food Stamp Felony Drug Bans
The California Legislature has just passed a bill that will allow people convicted of drug felonies to receive welfare and food stamps. And last week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) signed legislation lifting the state's ban on food stamps for felons.