For People Just Leaving Prison, a Novel Kind of Support: Cash

Joining a raft of initiatives aimed at helping the formerly incarcerated, a program gives money to defray expenses they face, including court fines and rent.

#black-people, #center-for-employment-opportunities-ceo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal

Kathy Boudin, Radical Imprisoned in a Fatal Robbery, Dies at 78

She had a role in the Brink’s heist by the Weather Underground that left two police officers dead. But she became a model prisoner and, after being freed, helped former inmates.

#boudin-chesa, #boudin-kathy, #deaths-obituaries, #ex-convicts, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #robberies-and-thefts, #terrorism

Biden to Use Clemency Powers for First Time

The president said he would commute the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders and issue three pardons, part of what aides described as a broader strategy to overhaul the criminal justice system.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #trump-donald-j

Jailing Teenagers with Adults Won’t Reduce Crime

New York City’s mayor wants to return to a failed policy.

#adams-eric-l, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #family-courts, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #youth

Black Woman’s Bid to Regain Voting Rights Ends With a 6-Year Prison Sentence

Missteps by various officials put a Tennessee woman on a collision course with the law. Supporters say the sentence underscores racial disparities in voter fraud cases.

#black-people, #campaign-legal-center, #elections-district-attorneys, #ex-convicts, #memphis-tenn, #moses-pamela, #naacp-legal-defense-fund, #sentences-criminal, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #ward-w-mark

Give the Manhattan D.A.’s Crime-Fighting Policies a Chance

Studies show public safety improves when prosecutors turn to alternatives to jailing some offenders.

#adams-eric-l, #black-people, #bragg-alvin, #center-for-court-innovation, #citizens-crime-commission, #crime-and-criminals, #de-blasio-bill, #district-attorneys, #ex-convicts, #gun-control, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #robberies-and-thefts, #shoplifting-and-employee-theft-retail, #urban-areas

The Medicaid Reentry Act Could Save Lives

The Medicaid Re-entry Act ought to become law, regardless of the fate of Build Back Better.

#ex-convicts, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #manchin-joe-iii, #medicaid, #prisons-and-prisoners, #senate, #tonko-paul-d, #united-states-politics-and-government

It’s Never Too Late to Go to College and Rewrite Your Story

Devon Simmons served 15 years in prison for crimes he committed as a teenager. Since then, he’s been on a mission to remake not just his own life, but the legal system itself.

#coxsackie-correctional-facility, #crime-and-criminals, #devon-simmons, #ex-convicts, #john-jay-college-of-criminal-justice, #legal-profession, #nevertoolate2021

Fines Prevent Too Many From Voting in Florida

Outstanding fines prevent too many Floridians from voting.

#ex-convicts, #fines-penalties, #florida, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

‘A Bucket List at the End of Life Is a Lot of Pressure’

Readers offer their thoughts about living and dying. Also: Unvaccinated tennis players; abuse of flight attendants; obsessive-compulsive disorder; ex-offenders.

#bucket-lists, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #flight-attendants, #obsessive-compulsive-disorder, #telemedicine, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment

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.

#china, #chow-yong-kang-alex-1990, #chow-agnes-1996, #communist-party-of-china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ex-convicts, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #lam-ivan, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sentences-criminal, #wong-joshua-1996, #youth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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