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Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Limit Use of Solitary Confinement
March 15, 2019
U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) last week introduced legislation to reduce the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) use of solitary confinement and improve conditions for inmates separated from the general prison population.  ... read more »
Senate and House Approve Bipartisan Prison Reform Bill 
December 27, 2018
Members of Congress from both parties have come together recently, to approve a prison reform bill that will allow for employees to store their firearms securely at federal prisons, restrict the use of restraints on pregnant women, expand compassionate release for terminally ill patients, place prisoners closer to family in some cases, authorize new markets for Federal Prison Industries, mandate de-escalation training for correctional officers and employees, and make improvements to feminine hygiene in prison, among other things.  ... read more »
Criminal Justice Bill Passes Senate; House Approval Expected
December 19, 2018
The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation’s war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. ... read more »
If Cannabis is Legal in California, Why Are So Many Minority Businesses Considered Illegal?
October 4, 2018
Prop 64 not only promised to reduce or expunge certain past convictions, it also presented employment opportunities in the newly legalized cannabis industry as a gateway to the middle class for many underserved communities. ... read more »
New Law to Make California First State to End Bail
August 30, 2018
California's new law is the latest development in the nationwide debate over bail, which many people say unfairly punishes people for being poor. Other states including New Jersey, Alaska and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems, although no other state has completely eliminated bail. ... read more »
ACLU Veteran Laura Murphy Leads Facebook’s Discrimination Audit 
July 5, 2018
Civil rights beacon and ACLU veteran Laura Murphy laughed when she said that one of her co-workers called her, “The Olivia Pope of the Tech World.”  ... read more »
Trump Considers Pardon for Ali, Wants Athletes’ Advice
June 14, 2018
Trump has been on a clemency kick of late, using his near-limitless power to pardon a growing list that includes a former White House aide, a conservative commentator and a former sheriff convicted of violating a judge's orders who campaigned with Trump in 2016. ... read more »
Time to Decriminalize Drug Use and Possession says new report
July 13, 2017
A new report by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) says the time is ripe to change drug laws. ... read more »
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