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South Carolina Eliminates Crack/Powder Sentencing Disparity and Mandatory Minimums

Thursday, June 10, 2010

South Carolina has enacted a new law overhauling the state’s drug sentencing policy, eliminating sentencing disparities between powder and crack cocaine and removing mandatory minimum sentences for first-time offenders.The state’s lawmakers passed the legislation last week by a wide margin in an effort to curtail South Carolina’s increasing prison population and reduce its billion-dollar budget … Read More

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Study Finds Jury Selection Process Tainted by Racial Discrimination in Southern States

Friday, June 4, 2010

According to a new study by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), African Americans are disproportionately excluded from jury service in the South, especially in criminal trials and death penalty cases.  EJI examined jury selection in eight southern states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee – and interviewed more than 100 … Read More

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Advocates Call for Reforms of Juvenile Justice Law

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Juvenile justice advocates recently told the House Education and Labor Committee that reauthorization of the 1974 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) must close loopholes that have allowed some states to treat juvenile offenders like adults.The JJDPA was originally passed in order to reduce juvenile crime and protect children in the juvenile justice system.  … Read More

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Congress Urged to Allow Former Inmates to Vote in Federal Elections

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, recently testified before the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties and urged Congress to pass the Democracy Restoration Act.   “At the heart of this debate…is a question of rehabilitation, democracy and fairness,” Shelton said. The bill, which is supported by the civil … Read More

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Create Commission to Study Criminal Justice System

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill with substantial bipartisan support yesterday to establish a national commission that will undertake a comprehensive review and recommend key reforms to all areas of the criminal justice system.  The commission’s mandate under the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010 is to recommend ways to reduce incarceration rates, reform … Read More

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