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More Than 30 Groups Outline Broad-Based Principles for Criminal Justice Reform

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A group of 32 civil and human rights, faith, and criminal justice reform groups on February 10 sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary to outline their shared principles for broad-based criminal justice reform. The letter reminds Chairman Chuck Grassley, R. Iowa, and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, D. Vt., … Read More

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Groups Call for Additional Reform on Prison Phone Rates

Friday, January 16, 2015

A coalition of civil rights, faith, labor, media justice, and other groups from around the country this week wrote in support of further reforms to lower predatory prison phone rates. The letter urges the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to eliminate site commission payments, which can drive up rates. The letter also calls for backstopping rates … Read More

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Department of Justice Announces Updates to Profiling Guidance

Monday, December 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday unveiled updates to racial profiling guidance first released in June 2003 under President George W. Bush. The guidance, which initially banned profiling only on the basis of race and ethnicity, was expanded to include gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. “The Department of Justice should … Read More

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New Sentencing Guidelines Go into Effect

Friday, October 31, 2014

New guidelines that sensibly reduce sentences for most drug trafficking offenses – approved unanimously in April by the United States Sentencing Commission – will go into effect on Saturday, November 1. “The reduction in drug guidelines that becomes effective tomorrow represents a significant step toward the goal the Commission has prioritized of reducing federal prison … Read More

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FCC Proposes Further Reform on Prison Phone Rates

Friday, September 26, 2014

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on September 27 issued a joint statement announcing that they are circulating proposals to their fellow commissioners on further prison phone rate reform. Wheeler and Clyburn said that while recent reforms have reduced long-distance inmate calling costs by 40 percent, “many families of inmates … Read More

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