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Cardin, Conyers Reintroduce Bill to End Racial Profiling

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sen. Ben Cardin, D. Md., and Rep. John Conyers, D. Mich., on April 22 reintroduced the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), which 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, or sexual orientation. “Racial profiling robs people of … Read More

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Senate Hearing Underscores Critical Need for Asset Forfeiture Reform

Friday, April 17, 2015

On April 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the need to reform civil asset forfeiture, a legal tool that has allowed law enforcement to seize $2.5 billion in cash from nearly 62,000 people without warrants or indictments since 2001. Current federal asset forfeiture law allows law enforcement to seize cars, cash, and … Read More

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Congress Introduces Legislation to Expand and Protect Voting Rights

Thursday, March 19, 2015

On March 19, Rep. John Lewis, D. Ga., introduced the Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 12), legislation that would combat voter exclusion, improve the administration of elections, and expand voter participation. The Voter Empowerment Act (VEA) comes just a few weeks after more than 100 lawmakers traveled to Selma, Ala., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of … Read More

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Groups Underscore Concerns with Administration’s Updated Profiling Guidance

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 80 other national, state, and local organizations this week sent a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns with the administration’s Guidance for Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Regarding the Use of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation, or Gender Identity, released in December 2014. … Read More

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Bipartisan Coalition Launches to Tackle America’s Broken Criminal Justice System

Thursday, February 19, 2015

An unlikely alliance of prominent conservative and progressive organizations today launched a new coalition to reform America’s criminal justice system. The Coalition for Public Safety – which includes the ACLU, Americans for Tax Reform, Center for American Progress, Faith & Freedom Coalition, FreedomWorks, Right on Crime, and The Leadership Conference Education Fund – will aim … Read More

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