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Criminal Justice Reform

  1. voting rights
    Florida Passes Amendment Restoring Voting Rights to 1.5 Million FelonsThe passage of Amendment 4 spares former felons from an invasive, complicated hearing process, and could give Democrats a significant 2020 boost.
  2. politics
    Abrams-Kemp Debate Reflected Old Southern Divisions Over Equality and JusticeKemp thinks he can win by labeling Abrams as an “extremist,” but she’s gambling on the state being ready for something new.
  3. brett kavanaugh
    After Kavanaugh’s Confirmation, the GOP Will Surely Pass Criminal-Justice ReformNow that the GOP has discovered the importance of “the presumption of innocence,” it will surely end cash bail, and crack down on police brutality.
  4. brett kavanaugh
    Conservatives Suddenly Realize Juvenile Sex Offenders Deserve LeniencyApparently, Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged juvenile offense shouldn’t prevent him from presiding over a legal system that imprisons juveniles for life.
  5. How a Federal Job Guarantee Could Lower Crime & Help the Formerly IncarceratedCalifornia wildfires and the prison strike show us that the incarcerated are valuable workers. We should help them be productive when they leave, too.
  6. California Abolishes Cash Bail Despite Criticism From Left and RightSome conservatives warn abolishing cash bail will cause a crime wave, while some liberals fear judges will just lock defendants up with no recourse.
  7. Trump Overrules Kushner, Puts Hold on Criminal-Justice Reform BillIn the end, Trump listened to crime demagogues like Tom Cotton instead of Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley — or his own son-in-law.
  8. The Improbable Story of How the National Prisoner Strike Came TogetherHow did inmates in 17 states manage to coordinate a nationwide protest when they can’t communicate freely? With help from an anarchist labor union.
  9. America’s Prisoners Are on Strike. We Can’t Afford to Deny Their Demands.Our nation’s mass incarceration habit is morally and financially bankrupting us. This week, America’s inmates are staging an intervention.
  10. Criminal-Justice-Reform Deal Facing Opposition From Left and RightTrump’s support is crucial to a deal that would add sentencing reforms to a House-passed prison-reform bill. But Cotton and Booker aren’t on board.
  11. Reformer Ousts St. Louis Prosecutor Who Didn’t Charge Cop in Michael Brown CaseA progressive, former public defender just beat a seven-term prosecutor who was famous for being tough on criminal defendants (unless they were cops).
  12. Can Jared Kushner Talk Trump Into a Sentencing Reform Push?The prospects for a bipartisan sentencing reform bill are looking up now that the president seems supportive and Sessions has been sidelined.
  13. Can Kushner’s Patchy Prison-Reform Bill Survive the Senate?A House-passed bill backed by the Trump administration at the behest of Jared Kushner could succumb to bipartisan crossfire in the Senate.
  14. Jared Kushner’s Prison-Reform Push Gains Steam in the HouseLawmakers have reached consensus on a bipartisan bill that would increase funding for prison education (which Trump previously cut).
  15. The Anti-Trump Movement Has Already Made Profound Progressive ChangeProgressives have revolutionized criminal justice in Philadelphia, and are on the cusp of passing a long list of vital reforms in Washington state.
  16. Is Trump Sabotaging Police on Purpose?More violence, crime, and protest is bad. But maybe not for the president.
  17. South Carolina to Stop Jailing Poor People for Unpaid Traffic TicketsThe state Supreme Court finally realized that debtors’ prisons are unconstitutional. Now, thousands of arrest warrants are being recalled.
  18. The Obscure Legal Issue That May Foil Criminal-Justice ReformLast year, Trump, Sessions, and McConnell killed criminal-justice reform. This year the big problem is a fight over criminal-intent requirements.
  19. California Moves Closer Toward Ending ‘Unfair and Unjust’ Cash-Bail SystemA new study says bail compromises public safety and furthers racial bias.
  20. Can Jared Kushner Save Criminal-Justice Reform From Jeff Sessions?Bipartisan criminal-justice reform failed last year, in part because of the Trump campaign and Jeff Sessions. But now Jared Kushner is onboard.
  21. Experts: Murder Rate Appears to Have Stopped RisingThe rise in murder rates in many major cities appears to be over, but it’s left a legacy in reactionary “crime wave” rhetoric and policies.
  22. Can Trump and Sessions Kill Criminal-Justice Reform? Probably Not.While Trump’s election showed a return to “backlash” criminal-justice policies was politically feasible, state and local decision-makers matter more.
  23. Black Lives Matters’ Defense Attorney Is About to Become Philadelphia’s DAJeff Sessions has killed criminal-justice reform on the federal level. But in America’s fifth-largest city, it lives on.
  24. Sessions Takes First Big Step Toward Bringing Back the War on DrugsHaving fought criminal-justice reform for years, the attorney general is now demanding maximum sentences for low-level drug offenders.
  25. New York City Will Close Rikers Island, Mayor de Blasio SaysThe plan is to replace the jail with several smaller facilities spread around the city.
  26. How Booker and Lewis Tried to Raise the Bar at Sessions’s Confirmation HearingTwo African-American lawmakers suggest a higher standard for an attorney general than affability and not being a racist.
  27. Sessions As Attorney General Means Criminal-Justice Reform Is DeadMany years of work across ideological and party lines to address the mass incarceration caused by the war on drugs have probably gone down the drain.
  28. Here Are the Top 3 Items on Hillary Clinton’s 2017 AgendaClinton plans to pursue a trio of policy goals that have attracted some GOP support in the past — but (almost certainly) won’t in the near future.
  29. New York City Will Stop Putting Teenagers in Solitary ConfinementThe decision raises the permitted age for solitary confinement from 18 to 21.
  30. Prisoners Aren’t Protected Against Slavery Under the 13th AmendmentPrisoners across the country have been on strike for a month.
  31. Criminal-Justice Reform Will Be a Postelection Test of BipartisanshipWill Republicans decide total opposition to a President Clinton is their unifying principle?
  32. Obama Shortens the Sentences of 111 Drug OffendersObama has reduced jail time for 637 people so far.
  33. George Soros Is Trying to Buy America a Less Racist Justice SystemThe billionaire financier is trying to buy elections — for district-attorney candidates who support criminal-justice reform.