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State Advocacy News: Building the Base to End Life Imprisonment
August 22, 2019

State Advocacy News: Building the Base to End Life Imprisonment

Grassroots organizing is one of the strategies needed to end life imprisonment. Bringing the power of those directly impacted by long prison terms to the surface makes space for individuals to challenge extreme sentences.
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Disenfranchisement News: Arizona eliminates
August 09, 2019

Disenfranchisement News: Arizona eliminates "poll tax" for people with first-time felony offenses

Arizona eliminates "poll tax" for people with first-time felony offenses, Florida's legal battle on new voting rights measure continues, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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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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Disenfranchisement News: Nevada & Colorado restore voting rights to people on community supervision
July 01, 2019

Disenfranchisement News: Nevada & Colorado restore voting rights to people on community supervision

Nevada and Colorado expand voting rights to people on community supervision, civil rights groups sue Florida over new "poll tax" law, and more news in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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State Advocacy News: Local Strategies to Address Life Imprisonment
June 28, 2019

State Advocacy News: Local Strategies to Address Life Imprisonment

State organizers and advocates are challenging mass incarceration through reforms to recalibrate life and long prison terms. These efforts require legal reforms to correct the nation’s sentencing systems.
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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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June 27, 2019

Felony Disenfranchisement: A Primer

Jean Chung
As of 2016, 6.1 million Americans were prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses. Felony disenfranchisement rates vary by state, as states institute a wide range of disenfranchisement policies.
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State Advocacy News: Steps to Challenge Mass Incarceration
May 29, 2019

State Advocacy News: Steps to Challenge Mass Incarceration

Many state legislatures are in the final days of session. The next few months are an opportunity for community organizers and policy advocates to reflect on recent successes and challenges in the movement to end mass incarceration.
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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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Disenfranchisement News: Florida lawmakers pass new “poll tax” for voting rights restoration
May 20, 2019

Disenfranchisement News: Florida lawmakers pass new “poll tax” for voting rights restoration

Lawmakers in Florida pass bill creating financial barrier to rights restoration, Iowa Senate blocks voting rights constitutional amendment bill, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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Opinion: Prisoners should be allowed to vote
May 13, 2019

Opinion: Prisoners should be allowed to vote

As extreme as is our rate of incarceration in the United States, so too are our felony disenfranchisement laws by the standards of comparable nations. As of 2016, an estimated 6.1 million people were denied the right to vote due to a current or previous felony conviction. Of this total 1.3 million were incarcerated in state or federal prisons.
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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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Letter in Support of the Democracy Restoration Act
April 09, 2019

Letter in Support of the Democracy Restoration Act

The Sentencing Project urges Senate to prioritize passage of the Democracy Restoration Act.
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Disenfranchisement News: Florida GOP pushes bills to limit voter eligibility under Amendment 4
April 04, 2019

Disenfranchisement News: Florida GOP pushes bills to limit voter eligibility under Amendment 4

Republican lawmakers in Florida push bills to limit voter eligibility under Amendment 4, legislation would restore voting rights after incarceration in Minnesota, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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