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Cardin Introduces Bill to End Discriminatory Profiling

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin, D. Md., on Thursday reintroduced legislation – S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (ERRPA) – that would prohibit profiling by federal, state, local, and Indian tribal law enforcement authorities on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. “Discriminatory profiling is wrong, fosters … Read More

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President Obama Continues Clemency Push, Commutes Hundreds of Sentences

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Days before he leaves office, President Obama on Tuesday granted 209 commutations and 64 pardons, bringing his total number of clemency recipients to 1,597 – 1,385 commutations and 212 pardons. His volume of commutations is greater than the previous 12 presidents combined. “These 273 individuals learned that our nation is a forgiving nation, where hard … Read More

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President Obama Commutes 214 Sentences, Calls on Congress to Pass Sentencing Reform

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Exactly two months after granting clemency to 42 people in June, President Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 214 people who are currently serving time in prison under outdated sentencing laws, bringing his total number of commutations to 562 – more than the last nine presidents combined. It was also the most granted in … Read More

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As Sentencing Reform Stalls in Congress, President Obama Commutes 61 Sentences

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

President Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 61 people who are currently serving time in prison under outdated sentencing laws, bringing his total number of commutations to 248 – more than the last six presidents combined. “The power to grant pardons and commutations… embodies the basic belief in our democracy that people deserve a … Read More

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What Families Can Expect from the New FCC Rules

Thursday, March 17, 2016

By Peter Wagner The Federal Communications Commission’s historic October 2015 order expanding its regulations of the prison and jail telephone industry goes into effect today. It’s a little complicated because prisons and jails have different effective dates, and part of the FCC’s order has been stayed by the federal courts. And on March 16, the … Read More

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