Pennsylvania’s current congressional map was found unconstitutional by its state supreme court on January 22, and the Republican-led legislature’s subsequent failures to secure a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court or settle on a new map with Gov. Tom Wolf could strike a decisive blow
Last week, the Massachusetts state legislature scrapped H3361, a bill that sought to improve state data collection on Asian Americans. Proposed by State Representative Tackey Chan, the bill would have required state agencies to report data by individual ethnic group when collecting data on Asian
In Florida, the end of your incarceration can be the beginning of a life-long sentence. That’s because Florida is one of four states that does not automatically restore civil rights (most prominently, voting rights) to people who were convicted of felonies but have fulfilled every
A week ago, a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant, of murder in the death of Kate Steinle, which took place on July 1, 2015. The defense argued that Garcia Zarate happened upon the gun, which accidentally fired while pointed
This week marks one year since Donald Trump won the presidential election. The next day, I wrote a reflection piece for this blog, outlining the fears many of us shared and voicing hope and determination we held onto. Now, a year later, I write about
While most people are familiar with criminal forfeiture––a practice that allows the government to confiscate your property if it proves the property was used in the commission of a crime for which you were indicted––its more formidable and much more often used counterpart, civil asset forfeiture, is
Death has been knocking on the Supreme Court’s door for years. But like a homeowner dismissing away an unsolicited salesman, the Court has turned off the lights and refused to answer. Last August, Abel Daniel Hidalgo came knocking when he filed a petition for a
Last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a complaint and proposed consent judgment against one of the nation’s largest owners of private student loan debt. The CFPB alleged that the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts (NCLTs) and their collection agencies had initiated lawsuits
A first-hand account of efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by Greater Boston Legal Services attorney Elizabeth McIntyre.
Guest post by Harmann Singh. Harmann is a first-year student at Harvard Law School and is interested in civil rights and criminal justice reform. He received a B.A. in Math and Economics from Columbia University.
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