Bail Project opens office in St. Louis, offers solidarity for those who cannot afford to post bail | The St. Louis American Many will eventually plead guilty without a chance to have their day in court, because the other option is remaining in jail until their trial date, which could be years in the future.

Many will eventually plead guilty without a chance to have their day in court, because the other option is remaining in jail until their trial date, which could be years in the future.

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Floridians will vote this fall on restoring voting rights to 1.5 million felons | Orlando Sentinel If the amendment becomes law, it could have a huge effect on elections in a state as evenly split politically as Florida.

If the amendment becomes law, it could have a huge effect on elections in a state as evenly split politically as Florida.

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Why Are American Prisons So Afraid of This Book? | The New York Times “Some prison officials are determined to keep the people they lock in cages as ignorant as possible about the racial, social and political forces that have made the United States the most punitive nation on earth...”

“Some prison officials are determined to keep the people they lock in cages as ignorant as possible about the racial, social and political forces that have made the United States the most punitive nation on earth…”

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The Opioid Epidemic Isn’t Just Affecting Whites; CDC Finds That Overdoses Among Black Americans Are Rising | Blavity The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new data that show the opioid epidemic may be a universal issue.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new data that show the opioid epidemic may be a universal issue.

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Baltimore Residents Blame Record-High Murder Rate On Lower Police Presence | NPR For the third year in a row, Baltimore, Md., has had more than 300 murders, reaching a new record of murders per number of residents in 2017.

For the third year in a row, Baltimore, Md., has had more than 300 murders, reaching a new record of murders per number of residents in 2017.

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Why Celebrities Are Rallying Behind Cyntoia Brown, a Woman Spending Life in Prison | The New York Times Cyntoia Brown, who has spent the past 13 years in prison, had no idea that she would suddenly gain the public support of an A-list parade of celebrities on Tuesday.

Cyntoia Brown, who has spent the past 13 years in prison, had no idea that she would suddenly gain the public support of an A-list parade of celebrities on Tuesday.

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Baltimore Rising: HBO Documentary Chronicles A City Trying To Heal After Freddie Gray’s Death | Essence When Freddie Gray died in police custody in April 2015, Baltimore was thrust into the glare of a harsh spotlight.

When Freddie Gray died in police custody in April 2015, Baltimore was thrust into the glare of a harsh spotlight.

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The Rise of Incarceration in Los Angeles: An Interview with Kelly Lytle Hernandez | Black Perspectives, AAIHS In today’s post, Erica Sterling, a PhD student in the Department of History at Harvard University, interviews Kelly Lytle Hernandez about her new book City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

In today’s post, Erica Sterling, a PhD student in the Department of History at Harvard University, interviews Kelly Lytle Hernandez about her new book City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

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