The ability to vote has been a crucial tenet of American democracy, and one that has unfortunately been denied to too many in our history. This draconian practice of permanently stripping individuals of their ability to access the ballot will only further ostracize those who
In the upcoming November election, Floridians will have the opportunity to vote on proposed Amendment 4—a grassroots, citizen-created amendment—which, if approved, will restore voting eligibility to people with prior felony convictions once they have fully completed all portions of their court imposed sentence. The Amendment
As Hurricane Florence loomed over the Carolinas, stories broke of South Carolina prisons failing to evacuate prisoners near the coast, despite state officials ordering evacuation of all residents. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster stated at a news conference, “We’re not going to gamble with the
Last fall, CR-CL highlighted the problematic history and application of the lesser known, but more-often used, counterpart to criminal forfeiture: civil asset forfeiture. As a mechanism that generally allows police to seize any personal property they suspect to have been used in the commission of
The following piece is a guest post by Alyssa Peterson and Arjun Mody. Alyssa and Arjun are law student interns within the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic, which serves as counsel to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America – Connecticut Chapter.
Criminal Legal System
Our unemployment rate fails to account for mass incarceration. Mass incarceration disproportionately affects black communities. Unemployment data fails to account for this, which makes the disparity between black and white men in employment appear smaller than it really is. (Washington Post)
The ACLU and
Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994 in the wake of several high-profile violent crimes. The Act, originally written by Joe Biden and signed into law by Bill Clinton, expanded federal criminal law. Among the Act’s provisions was an amendment
Civil rights activists recognize mass incarceration as the most pressing issue of our time. With books like The New Jim Crow, progressives have accepted the idea that our criminal justice system acts as a means of racial control and oppression. “Law and order” talk reached
Clara Foltz was the founder of the public defender movement, and she created the first published proposal for public defenders through the text of her 1893 speech at the Chicago World’s Fair. She envisioned the public defender as a powerful figure capable of challenging the
While video visitation promises convenience, the equipment and technology involved may in fact create barriers to access. Those who do not have the requisite equipment or the newest software may see their visitation opportunities significantly curtailed.