Criminal Justice

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The Democracy Restoration Act: Restoring the Right to Vote to Formerly Incarcerated Citizens

Monday, December 14, 2009

The American Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Drug Policy Alliance, and The Sentencing Project are urging Congress to pass legislation that would restore the right to vote in federal elections to formerly incarcerated citizens. At a briefing on Capitol Hill last week, the groups told members of Congress … Read More

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Proposed Bipartisan Commission Would Examine the U.S. Criminal Justice System

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill introduced by Sen. Jim Webb, D. Va., that would establish a bipartisan commission to examine the nation’s criminal justice system and figure out how to make it more effective and fair. The commission would be tasked with identifying the system’s strengths and weaknesses and making recommendations to … Read More

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Federal Monitoring of Police Departments Protects People’s Rights

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Many Americans trust local and state law enforcement to protect them.  However, when police departments abuse that trust, the F.B.I and the U.S. Department of Justice have the authority to recommend reforms and then monitor the department’s progress. Police mistreatment of citizens is classified as “color of law” abuse, meaning the use of authority granted … Read More

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Congress Gears up for Reform of Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Congress is closer than ever to eliminating a 100-to-1 disparity in federal cocaine sentencing that affects African Americans at much higher rates than Whites.  In current federal drug sentencing law, someone who sells crack cocaine faces the same sentence as someone who sells 100 times as much powder cocaine. For example, someone who sells 5 … Read More

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Death Penalty on the Verge of Being Repealed in Two States

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The tide may be shifting on the death penalty as two states are close to abolishing it.  On Monday, the Montana Senate passed a bill to abolish the death penalty and the New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would replace the death penalty with a sentence of life in prison without parole. … Read More

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