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Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Filed under: Voting
Two Federal Courts Find Prison Gerrymandering Unconstitutional by David Reutter by David Reutter Two federal district courts, one in Florida and the other in Rhode Island, have held prison gerrymandering unconstitutional, though one of the orders was overturned on appeal. The rulings are the first of their kind. “This is ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Voting
Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Automatic Disenfranchisement for all Felony Convictions by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke In a June 30, 2016 opinion, the Iowa Supreme Court held that all felonies were “infamous crimes” under the voter disqualification provision of the state’s constitution. Kelli Jo Griffin was convicted of the class ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Voting
First Circuit Allows City to Include Prisoners in Census Counts by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The First Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court’s order barring the city of Cranston, Rhode Island from counting the 3,433 prisoners held at the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI), located in that ...
Brief • June 8, 2017
Filed under: Jail Misconduct, Voting
Buroff v. Gladieux, IN, Amended Complaint, Voter Disenfranchisement, 2017 USDC IN/ND case 1:17-cv-00124-TLS-SLC document 18 filed 06/06/17 page 1 of 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA FORT WAYNE DIVISION DEMETRIUS BUROFF and IAN BARNHART, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. DAVID GLADIEUX, ...
Publication • June 6, 2017
Filed under: Voting, Release and Reentry
The Sentencing Project - Collateral Consequences, Testimony of ED Before US Commision on Civil Rights, 2017 Testimony of Marc Mauer Executive Director The Sentencing Project Collateral Consequences: The Crossroads of Punishment, Redemption and the Effects on Communities Before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights May 19, 2017 Thank you for ...
The Private Prison Primer: Stolen shoes and the Kingman riots by By Beryl Lipton, MuckRock Part 1 - Taking a look inside the black hole of prisoner grievances, and the lessons learned too late During the years it was operated by the private Management and Training Corporation, the “property” grievance was ...
6 Million Lost Voters - State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, Sentencing Project, 2016 6 Million Lost Voters: State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, 2016 For more information, contact: The Sentencing Project 1705 DeSales Street NW 8th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 628-0871 sentencingproject.org twitter.com/sentencingproj facebook.com/thesentencingproject This report was written by Christopher ...
Publication • December 1, 2016
Filed under: Organizing, Voting
Breaking the Barriers to the Ballot Box - A Campaign to End Felon Disfranchisement, ACLU, 2008 BREAKING BARRIERS TO THE BALLOT BOX Felon Enfranchisement Toolkit Right to Vote: A Campaign to End Felony Disfranchisement www.aclu.org/righttovote Dear Friends, Right to Vote: A Campaign to End Felony Disfranchisement (Right to Vote) is ...
Publication • December 1, 2016
Filed under: Organizing, Voting
Voting Law Changes in 2012, Brennan Center for Justice, 2012 brennan center for justice Voting L aw Changes in 2012 Wendy R. Weiser and Lawrence Norden Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law about the brennan center for justice The Brennan Center for Justice at New ...
Publication • December 1, 2016
Filed under: Organizing, Voting
De Facto Disenfranchisement, ACLU & NYU Law, 2008 De faCTo DIsenfRanChIsemenT Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom American Civil Liberties Union and Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law about the american civil liberties union The American Civil Liberties Union is the nation’s premier guardian of liberty, ...
Publication • December 1, 2016
Filed under: Organizing, Voting
Purged - How a patchwork of flawed and inconsistent voting systems could deprive millions of Americans of the Right to Vote, ACLU, 2004 How a patchwork of flawed and inconsistent voting systems could deprive millions of Americans of the right to vote STATE REPORT CARDS Rating States On Each Purge ...
Mass Incarceration In Rural Communities: Out of Sight, Out of Mind by By David Gutierrez, Harvard Political Review When the local economy of Susanville, California stagnated, the town tried to use a newly constructed prison as a recovery tool. Opened in the late 1990s, High Desert State Prison cost $272 million to build. High Desert, ...
A Primer on Prisoners’ Constitutional Rights by Alex Friedmann Prison Legal News (PLN) regularly reports on prison and jail-related court decisions involving violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights. Those who are new to the arena of civil rights litigation and unfamiliar with prisoners’ few remaining rights may need a basic introduction ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Arkansas Secretary of State Issues Faulty Felon Data, Thousands Purged from Electoral Rolls by It will be up to county clerks in Arkansas to fix a grand-scale mistake by Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office, and the ability of thousands of people to vote in November’s general election is in ...
Article • September 9, 2016
Report Lobbies for New Voting Bloc: Millions of Ex-Offenders by Following the recent presidential election, pundits debated which demographic—Latinos, African-Americans, college students or single women—made the difference. A study shows, however, that the greatest impact on election results might have been the disenfranchisement of millions of American citizens who were ...
Article • September 8, 2016
Filed under: Voting, Attorney Fee Awards
Additional Attorney's Fees Allowed in Ohio Voter-Registration Suit by Derek Gilna The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) instituted a 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 case challenging the 2006 Voter ID law, which resulted in consent orders in 2006 and 2008. A similar action by the Service Employees International Union ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Filed under: Voting
Florida’s Felon Disenfranchisement “Mess” by David Reutter Since George W. Bush won the 2000 presidential election by prevailing in Florida by a razor-thin margin of 537 votes, intense scrutiny has been focused on Florida’s election laws and procedures.  Civil rights activist have kept the focus on the disenfranchisement of felons, ...
Publication • August 9, 2016
Filed under: Organizing, Voting
Restoring the Right to Vote, Brennan Center for Justice, 2008 R E S TOR I N G T H E RIGHT TO VOTE Erika Wood Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law ABOUT THE BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE The Brennan Center for Justice at New York ...
Locked-Up Sex Offenders Run for Office in Small-Town Minnesota by Joe Watson Frustrated by legislative inaction, a group of civilly-committed sex offenders in Moose Lake, Minnesota, ran a voter-registration drive in the small town for four months leading up to this year's midterm elections, hoping to get as many as ...
Brief • August 3, 2016
Filed under: Voting
Muntaqim v. Coombe, NY, Amicus Brief - Center for Constitutional Rights, Voting, 2005 01-7260 IN THE United States Court of Appeals FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT ________________________ JALIL ABDUL MUNTAQIM, a/k/a ANTHONY BOTTOM, Plaintiff — Appellant, — v. — PHILLIP COOMBE, ANTHONY ANNUCCI, LOUIS F. MANN, Defendants — Appellees. ______ ON ...
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