Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Activists Face Jail and Cynicism

Hundreds of protesters, many students or college-educated, face potentially stiff sentences after Beijing’s crackdown. Those behind bars already battle isolation and disillusionment.

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The Hazards of American Justice

Three new books analyze the shortcomings of the nation’s criminal justice system.

#books-and-literature, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #greene-jamal-1977, #halfway-home-race-punishment-and-the-afterlife-of-mass-incarceration-book, #how-rights-went-wrong-why-our-obsession-with-rights-is-tearing-america-apart-book, #miller-reuben-jonathan, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rakoff-jed-s, #united-states, #why-the-innocent-plead-guilty-and-the-guilty-go-free-book

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Her Ballot Didn’t Count. She Faces 5 Years in Prison for Casting It.

A Texas woman is appealing her conviction of voting illegally in the 2016 election. A lawyer says her prosecution “guts the entire purpose of the provisional ballot system.”

#black-people, #ex-convicts, #mason-crystal, #tarrant-county-tex, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Storytime Lets Fathers Form Bonds From Behind Bars

Across the country, inmates are distance reading bedtime stories to their kids and finding their own paths to redemption.

#books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #parenting, #prisons-and-prisoners, #reading-and-writing-skills-education

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Biden to Sign Order Meant to Make Voting Easier

The executive order is relatively limited in scope. It calls upon officials at federal agencies to study and potentially expand access to voter registration materials.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ex-convicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #selma-ala, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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The New Debt Prisons

Entrapping debtors betrays the American idea. It must end.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #credit-and-debt, #criminal-justice, #debt-collection, #ex-convicts, #fines-penalties, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

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George McDonald, Power Broker for the Powerless, Dies at 76

He went from an impoverished activist to the president of the Doe Fund, which has helped thousands of homeless people and ex-convicts in New York City find shelter and employment.

#brooklyn-nyc, #coalition-for-the-homeless, #deaths-obituaries, #doe-fund, #ex-convicts, #homeless-persons, #manhattan-nyc, #mcdonald-george-t, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy

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Nearly 20 Million Americans Have a Felony Record. What Happens After They’ve Served Their Time?

In “Halfway Home,” Reuben Jonathan Miller draws on years of research and personal experience to write about how we understand incarceration and its afterlife.

#books-and-literature, #chicago-ill, #detroit-mich, #ex-convicts, #halfway-home-race-punishment-and-the-afterlife-of-mass-incarceration-book, #miller-reuben-jonathan, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states

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Protests Erupt as South Korea’s Most Notorious Rapist Walks Free

Cho Doo-soon served 12 years in prison for raping an 8-year-old girl. His case has led the national legislature to create new rules for sex offenders released from prison.

#ansan-south-korea, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ex-convicts, #seoul-south-korea, #sex-crimes

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Tears, Hugs and Fresh Clothes: New Jersey Prisoners Rejoice at Release

More than 2,000 inmates were freed to reduce the spread of Covid in the state’s prison system.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-state-prison, #northern-state-prison, #prisons-and-prisoners

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2,258 N.J. Prisoners Will Be Released in a Single Day

By March, officials expect to have reduced the state’s prison population by about 35 percent since the start of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #disease-rates, #ex-convicts, #law-and-legislation, #new-jersey, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal

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Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me

Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. As an ex-convict — and also the son of a crime victim — I can tell you it’s not that simple.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #ex-convicts, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #sex-crimes

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‘Real Change’: A Race Is On to Register Ex-Felons in Florida

Activists armed with millions of dollars from donors like Michael Bloomberg and LeBron James are canvassing in Florida to help former felons register to vote before a deadline on Monday.

#ex-convicts, #florida, #florida-rights-restoration-coalition, #law-and-legislation, #liberty-city-miami-fla, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Florida’s Ex-Felons and their Fight to Vote in the 2020 Election

A 2018 ballot initiative in the swing state was supposed to extend the franchise to 1.5 million former felons. A Republican policy and a lack of information threaten to keep these voters from the polls.

#democratic-party, #ex-convicts, #florida, #gainesville-fla, #politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Are Republican Judges Putting Their Thumbs on the Electoral Scale?

Recent decisions certainly suggest as much.

#absentee-voting, #adalberto-jose-jordan, #appeals-courts-us, #biery-fred-s, #conley-william-m, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #hinkle-robert-l, #southwick-leslie-h, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #twenty-sixth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Was That Ride on the Trump Train Worth It?

The president has proved as hazardous to his allies as to his enemies.

#acosta-r-alexander, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #dejoy-louis, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #ex-convicts, #falwell-jerry-jr-1962, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #hatch-act-1939, #lapierre-wayne, #papadopoulos-george-1987, #pecker-david-j, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #stone-roger-j-jr, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zinke-ryan-1961

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There Are Better Ways for Bloomberg to Spend His Money

If he wants to help Joe Biden in Florida, Michael Bloomberg should help re-enfranchise thousands of formerly incarcerated people.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bloomberg-michael-r, #bush-george-w, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #ex-convicts, #florida, #gore-al, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2000, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #twenty-fourth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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How Politics Gutted Ex-Felon Voting Rights in Florida

It’s a cautionary tale about the messy process of citizen-led ballot initiatives and how a dominant political party can exert its power.

#bloomberg-michael-r, #desantis-ron, #ex-convicts, #florida, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Big Voting Decisions in Florida, Wisconsin, Texas: What They Mean for November

Less than two months before the election, both parties are waging legal battles around the country over who gets to vote and how.

#absentee-voting, #ex-convicts, #florida, #presidential-election-of-2020, #texas, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #wisconsin

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Ex-Felons in Florida Must Pay Fines Before Voting, Appeals Court Rules

In a reversal, a court said Floridians who had completed sentences for felonies must pay fines and fees before voting. The State Constitution was amended in 2018 to restore their rights.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #desantis-ron, #ex-convicts, #florida, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Can Prosecutors Be Taught to Avoid Jail Sentences?

At least 60 district attorneys have come to see incarceration as destructive, racist, expensive and ineffective. But can they persuade their own staffs?

#baltimore-md, #chicago-ill, #columbus-ohio, #criminal-justice, #district-attorneys, #domestic-violence, #ex-convicts, #florida, #foxx-kim, #jacksonville-fla, #legal-profession, #mosby-marilyn-j-1980, #police-department-nyc, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #st-louis-mo, #traffic-and-parking-violations, #trump-donald-j

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In Prison, Learning Magic by Mail

A deck of cards cut from milk cartons. A wand made with medical tape. How a group of inmates learned “the magic of magic.”

#ex-convicts, #jay-joshua-1981, #magic-and-magicians, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Leaving Gun Towers and Barbed Wire for a Healing House

Susan Burton, an advocate for formerly incarcerated women, is racing against the clock to shelter those freed early because of the surge of coronavirus cases in prisons.

#architecture, #burton-susan, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #women-and-girls

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Should N.Y. Be Jailing Parolees for Minor Lapses During a Pandemic?

On probation since 2018, Earl Russell was sent to Rikers for sleeping in his own bed instead of in the shelter where he was mandated to stay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #schiraldi-vincent-n, #vera-institute-of-justice

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Government Denies Cohen Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book

The denial came in response to a lawsuit filed by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, that said he was being punished for speaking out.

#barr-william-p, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #ex-convicts, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #justice-department, #new-york-city, #otisville-ny, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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A More Liberal Supreme Court? Not When It Comes to Voting Rights

In four rulings in a row, the court has refused to ease voting restrictions.

#absentee-voting, #alabama, #decisions-and-verdicts, #ex-convicts, #florida, #roberts-john-g-jr, #shelby-county-ala, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #twenty-sixth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Supreme Court Allows Restrictions on Voting by Ex-Felons

The case concerned a Florida state law that limited the sweep of a voter initiative meant to allow former prisoners to vote.

#appeals-courts-us, #ex-convicts, #florida, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us, #twenty-fourth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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President Trump’s Pardons: Stone, Blagojevich and More

The president’s decision to commute Mr. Stone’s sentence continues a pattern of his presidency: granting clemency to friends whose cases resonate with him personally.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #arpaio-joseph-m, #black-conrad-m, #blagojevich-rod-r, #ex-convicts, #johnson-alice-marie, #kerik-bernard-b, #libby-i-lewis-jr, #lorance-clint-a, #milken-michael-r, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #safavian-david-h, #stanton-angela, #stone-roger-j-jr, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Michael Cohen Is Returned to Federal Custody Over Home-Confinement Rules

President Trump’s former personal lawyer, who was convicted of campaign finance and other crimes, had been released amid coronavirus concerns.

#cohen-michael-d-1966, #ex-convicts, #manhattan-nyc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #quarantines, #trump-donald-j

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How Mandatory Minimums Are Weaponized

After a protest, two Brooklyn lawyers are each facing 45 years behind bars.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #brooklyn-nyc, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ex-convicts, #mandatory-sentencing, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #united-states

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Iowa Governor Will Restore Voting Rights to Paroled Felons

Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, said she would issue an executive order that would take effect before the November election, ending Iowa’s distinction as the last state to deprive all former felons of voting rights for life.

#black-people, #branstad-terry-e, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #iowa, #reynolds-kimberly-1959, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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Republicans Tried to Suppress the Vote in Florida. And Failed.

Voters overwhelmingly wanted to restore former felons’ voting rights.

#ex-convicts, #florida, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Florida Law Restricting Felon Voting Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

A federal judge said the law would result in discrimination against felons who cannot afford to pay court fines and fees.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #desantis-ron, #discrimination, #ex-convicts, #florida, #hinkle-robert-l, #race-and-ethnicity, #voting-and-voters

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Sentenced for Three Strikes, Then Freed. Now Comes a Pushback.

Measures that softened California’s sentencing laws are headed for the ballot again.

#california, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #mandatory-sentencing, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Israel Cracks Down on Banks Over Payments to Palestinian Inmates

An Israeli military order forbids banks in the occupied West Bank from processing payments that the Palestinian Authority distributes to the families of Palestinians who have spent time in Israeli jails.

#defense-and-military-forces, #ex-convicts, #israel, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

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No Death Sentences for Minor Offenses

Releasing more inmates could help stem the spread of the coronavirus in and outside of prisons and jails.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #justice-department, #mandatory-sentencing, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantines, #sentences-criminal

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Feel Like You’re in Prison? These Trainers Actually Were

The formerly incarcerated have lessons to share about emerging from confinement fitter, in mind and body.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #exercise, #quarantines

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