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February 8, 2011
Disenfranchisement News

Minnesota: Advocates Push for Ex-Offender Employment and Voting Rights
Indiana: Federal Judge Certifies State Question on Misdemeanor Voting
Iowa: “A Giant Step Backward”
International: Controversy over UK Plan to Lift Prison Voting Ban


September 15, 2010
Disenfranchisement News

Indiana: Former Town Councilman Sues for Voting Rights
: Date Set for Felon Disenfranchisement Court Case
45 Years Later, Gains of Voting Rights Act Must be Advanced Further
Report Finds Interaction with Law Enforcement Reduces Political Participation

August 30, 2010 (Indianapolis Star)
State Bears High Cost of Law and Order

"For decades, Indiana's answer to crime has been to adopt tough new laws and strict sentencing policies to make sure offenders stay behind bars," the Indianapolis Star reported.

"Since 2000, the legislature has passed  117 criminal laws or penalty enhancements. In the same time, Indiana lawmakers have passed not one measure that reduces a prison sentence."

August 27, 2009 (Chicago Tribune)
New report finds arrests more likely for black youth in Indiana

Black youth in Indiana, on average, were three times as likely to be arrested as youth of other races in 2008, according to a new study by the Equity Project at Indiana University. The study, which analyzes racial disparity in the juvenile justice system, was discussed by 200 judges, social workers and other experts in the region, in an effort to reform criminal justice strategies used in the arrest and prosecution of juveniles.

"Formal involvement in the judicial system is not going to be the answer for changing the behavior of these kids," said Thomas Cleary, the senior deputy district attorney for Portland, Ore.

May 10, 2009 (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)
Number of prisoners skyrockets in 30 years

Indiana's prison budget of $635 million has officials realizing that “busting more people could bust the budget,” according to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. Like most other states around the nation, prison budgets are depleting resources from other areas, causing policymakers to rethink their incarceration strategies and implement alternatives. An Indiana Department of Correction spokesman said if a true truth-in-sentencing law were enacted, state prison capacity would “explode” and cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars. In response to the public's concern about enforcing stricter sentencing measures for habitual offenders, Ryan S. King, policy analyst for The Sentencing Project, stated that “ … we need to take a step back patiently and think about what are our other options. Incarceration for everybody is not necessarily the best solution and particularly for substance abusers, particularly for people who suffer from mental illness.”

November 10, 2008
Disenfranchisement News

First Time Voters
National: ‘Mass Confusion,’ Lawsuits Shadow Election Day 2009
Georgia: To Vote, or Not to Vote
Oklahoma: Legislator Supports Vote Restoration
California: Report Says Felony Disenfranchisement ‘Single Greatest Factor Excluding People of Color

August 22, 2008
Disenfranchisement News

Alabama: Moral Turpitude ‘Vastly Inferior’
County Jail Inmates Educated About their Right to Vote in Upcoming Election
Advocacy Organization to Recruit 500 Volunteers to Register Voters
Committee Supports Restoration While Commission Continues to Experience Backlog
‘Myth’ Misinforms too Many

June 2010 (The Sentencing Project) State Recidivism Database

Provides references for 99 recidivism studies conducted between 1995-2009 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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