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House Could Consider Legislation This Week to Reduce Crack and Cocaine Sentencing Disparity

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

UPDATE 2: President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act on August 3, 2010. UPDATE: The House of Representatives passed the Fair Sentencing Act by voice vote on July 28, 2010. Read The Leadership Conference statement on the vote. Advocates are calling on the House of Representatives to pass the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 this … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Urge Congress to Pass Legislation Banning Racial Profiling

Monday, July 12, 2010

Civil and human rights leaders recently testified before a House subcommittee about the continuing problem of racial profiling in America and urged lawmakers to pass legislation outlawing the practice.Racial profiling is the reliance by law enforcement on race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion in deciding whom to investigate, arrest, or detain, where these characteristics are … Read More

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Troy Davis Gets His Day in Court

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tomorrow, a Savannah federal district court will hold an evidentiary hearing to decide if death row inmate Troy Davis will get a new trial.In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court ordered the hearing last year.  The Court’s decision came after civil rights groups, members of Congress, and world leaders demanded a new trial for Davis, … Read More

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Advocates Call for Anti-Drug Policies That Focus on Prevention

Friday, June 18, 2010

At a June 17 public policy forum on Capitol Hill sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance, scholars and civil rights advocates urged lawmakers to treat drug use as more of a public health problem than a criminal justice issue.   The chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Rep. Bobby Scott, … Read More

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New Report Calls for Elimination of ‘Prison-Based Gerrymandering’

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The explosion of the prison population in recent decades is enabling towns where the prisons are located to unjustly increase their political power by counting inmates as legal residents, according to “Captive Constituents,” a new report by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF).In the state of New York, for example, 43,000 prisoners, or … Read More

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