Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote? | The New York Times Magazine A referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state’s electorate.

A referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state’s electorate.

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John Legend On The 120-Year-Old Law That Still Oppresses Black Louisianians | Colorlines “Ending the 10-2 jury rule in Louisiana will not solve the issue of mass incarceration or dismantle White supremacy, but it will deal a significant blow to both.”

“Ending the 10-2 jury rule in Louisiana will not solve the issue of mass incarceration or dismantle White supremacy, but it will deal a significant blow to both.”

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It’s a Celebration As Voters Oust Prosecutor Who Freed Michael Brown’s Killer | Colorlines Ferguson City Council member Wesley Bell successfully challenged St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch, as organizers and voters shout #ByeBob.

Ferguson City Council member Wesley Bell successfully challenged St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch, as organizers and voters shout #ByeBob.

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Police Killings Have Harmed Mental Health in Black Communities, Study Finds | The New York Times Activists for racial justice have long expressed concern that the rash of headline-grabbing police killings of black Americans was damaging the mental well-being of African-American communities.

Activists for racial justice have long expressed concern that the rash of headline-grabbing police killings of black Americans was damaging the mental well-being of African-American communities.

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Read James Blake’s Response to Punishment of NYPD Cop Who Assaulted Him | Colorlines “It is this continued failure of the NYPD’s disciplinary system that perpetuates police abuses, brutality and misconduct, and leads to the unjust killings of civilians.”

“It is this continued failure of the NYPD’s disciplinary system that perpetuates police abuses, brutality and misconduct, and leads to the unjust killings of civilians.”

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As He Heads Back To Prison, A Nashville Man Says ‘Goodbye’ To The New Life He Hoped To Build | Nashville Public Radio When a Nashville man named Matthew Charles was released from prison early in 2016 after a sentence reduction, he’d spent almost half his life behind bars. But in a rare move, a federal court ruled his term was reduced in error and ordered him back behind bars to finish his sentence.

When a Nashville man named Matthew Charles was released from prison early in 2016 after a sentence reduction, he’d spent almost half his life behind bars. But in a rare move, a federal court ruled his term was reduced in error and ordered him back behind bars to finish his sentence.

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Cyntoia Brown, Trafficking Victim Serving Life Sentence for Murder, Will Get Clemency Hearing | The New York Times Cyntoia Brown, a Nashville woman who is serving a life sentence for killing a man who picked her up for sex while she was being trafficked as a teenager, will receive a hearing that could lead to her release, officials said on Thursday.

Cyntoia Brown, a Nashville woman who is serving a life sentence for killing a man who picked her up for sex while she was being trafficked as a teenager, will receive a hearing that could lead to her release, officials said on Thursday.

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Women in Prison Take Home Economics, While Men Take Carpentry | The Atlantic Decades after a government report on deep inequity in the vocational offerings of the nation's criminal-justice system, little has changed.

Decades after a government report on deep inequity in the vocational offerings of the nation’s criminal-justice system, little has changed.

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