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Sentencing Reform Package Advances out of Senate Judiciary Committee

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123) by a 15-5 vote, proving to Chairman Chuck Grassley, R. Iowa, that the Senate “can thoughtfully address the most serious and complex matters in prison sentencing.” “I’m grateful for the hard work and support of my colleagues … Read More

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Sentencing Reform Package

Friday, October 2, 2015

A bipartisan group of senators on October 1 – including Sens. Chuck Grassley, R. Iowa; Dick Durbin, D. Ill.; Patrick Leahy, D. Vt.; Sheldon Whitehouse, D. R.I.; John Cornyn, R. Texas; Mike Lee, R. Utah; Chuck Schumer, D. N.Y.; Cory Booker, D. N.J.; Lindsay Graham, R. S.C.; and Tim Scott, R. S.C. – introduced the … Read More

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In Wake of Federal Updates, Maryland Becomes First State to Issue Profiling Guidance

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Surrounded by a national conversation about police brutality and law enforcement’s treatment of minorities, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on August 25 issued guidance designed to ban discriminatory profiling by law enforcement on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity. “Police do a dangerous, difficult job, and … Read More

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Senate Rejects Measure to Improve Military Justice System

Monday, June 22, 2015

On June 16, the Senate rejected an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to restructure the military criminal justice system’s handling of sexual assault cases. The amendment, proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D. N.Y., incorporated provisions of the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), which the Senate also rejected as a standalone bill in March … Read More

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Civil Rights, Privacy, and Media Rights Organizations Weigh in on Use of Body-Worn Cameras

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

With communities across the country calling for greater accountability of local law enforcement, a coalition of 34 civil rights, privacy, and media rights organizations on May 15 released shared civil rights principles for the use of body-worn cameras. To ensure mobile cameras are used to help eradicate discriminatory policing and protect civil rights, the principles … Read More

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