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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Calls for Limiting Collateral Consequences
June 13, 2019

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Calls for Limiting Collateral Consequences

More than 44,000 collateral consequences exist nationwide that continue to punish people with felony records long after the completion of their sentence. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report provides actionable recommendations to the President, Congress and federal agencies on how to scale back these punishments.
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June 06, 2019

Incarcerated Women and Girls

Over the past quarter century, there has been a profound change in the involvement of women within the criminal justice system. This is the result of more expansive law enforcement efforts, stiffer drug sentencing laws, and post-conviction barriers to reentry that uniquely affect women.
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December 01, 2017

James Inge

James D. Inge is one of 300 individuals age 60 or older arrested between 1965 and 1980 that was sentenced to life imprisonment in Pennsylvania. Learn more about his campaign to give rehabilitated seniors serving life a second chance.
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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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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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Dorothy Gaines

Dorothy Gaines's life changed when Alabama state police raided her home for drugs. Police found no evidence of Gaines having possessed or sold drugs, yet federal prosecutors charged Gaines with drug conspiracy.
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Criminal justice includes food security — we can't ban the social safety net
May 16, 2019

Criminal justice includes food security — we can't ban the social safety net

State that have rejected the tough on crime approach to welfare reform have improved public safety outcomes.
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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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Kemba Smith

At 24 years old, Kemba Smith was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison for conspiracy to participate in her boyfriend's drug activities, a non-violent, first-time offense. For years, her parents galvanized a tireless movement seeking clemency for their daughter.
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Kids who break the law need our support. Why would Texas put them all in one big prison?
May 03, 2019

Kids who break the law need our support. Why would Texas put them all in one big prison?

The best solution to Texas’s juvenile prison problems is to send fewer youth there in the first place and spend money on community-based alternatives.    
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Vox: Amy Klobuchar has a plan to reverse the war on drugs — and doesn’t need Congress to do it
May 02, 2019

Vox: Amy Klobuchar has a plan to reverse the war on drugs — and doesn’t need Congress to do it

In an effort to scale back mass incarceration and the war on drugs, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar outlined a plan to set up a new system of clemency that would release thousands of people in federal prison with excessively long sentences, reports Vox.
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Willie Mays Aikens

In 2008, Willie Mays Aikens made headlines when a federal judge reduced his lengthy prison term to 14 years as a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s adjustment to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines. Aikens was released in June 2008.
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State Advocacy News: Grassroots Strategies to End Life Imprisonment
April 29, 2019

State Advocacy News: Grassroots Strategies to End Life Imprisonment

State groups in California and New York are anchoring grassroots efforts to limit extreme sentences in support of scaling back mass incarceration.
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New Prison and Jail Population Figures Released by U.S. Department of Justice
April 25, 2019

New Prison and Jail Population Figures Released by U.S. Department of Justice

By yearend 2017, the United States prison population had declined by 7.3% since reaching its peak level in 2009, according to new data released by the Department of Justice.
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Lawrence and Lamont Garrison

Sentences for federal drug crimes are based on the quantity of the drugs involved, not the individual’s role in the crime. The emphasis on quantity rather than the role of the offender, along with the conspiracy laws, too often result in disproportionate sentencing, even for first-time offenses such as the Garrisons’.
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