Category Archives: Legislation

An overview of Louisiana’s 2017 criminal justice reform bills

It is widely known that Louisiana is the most incarcerated state in the world. This means massive numbers of families and communities have members struggling with a lifetime punishment. Fortunately, we are in an era of reform and the work … Continue reading

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2016: The year of voting rights, public defenders, sentencing reform, and Albert Woodfox

 The Epicenter of Race, Voting, and Mass Incarceration New Orleans has always been a national news story. Northern parts of America probably understood the Free People of Color, prior to the Civil War, as much as they could understand contemporary … Continue reading

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Sen. Whitehouse will need more than bipartisanship for prison reform in America

Today a group of people sat down in Providence to talk with Senator Whitehouse about his bill to create a federal parole system. The bill is hailed as a “prison reform bill,” and passed the Senate Judiciary Committee; a clear indication of … Continue reading

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Rhode Island: 10th State to “Ban the Box” on Employment Applications

Your state can be next.  This is one man’s description of how we got the campaign off the ground. I met Linda Evans in 2007, in Oakland, and heard her presentation on an interesting issue that hit close to home: … Continue reading

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Dear Gov. Chafee: Sign Ban the Box!

Dear Governor Chafee, Yesterday, mere hours before the House passed “Ban the Box” (5507A) by a 62-3 vote, I spoke with a friend who had been told by a temp agency he is “toxic,” and they could never hire him. … Continue reading

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Eliminating Food Stamps to Former Prisoners

Congress unanimously passed an amendment to the Farm Bill, to bar some people convicted of violent crimes from food stamps.  States can’t opt out of it like the ban on people with drug convictions. This is what I emailed my Senator, David … Continue reading

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Unprison 2011-2013 Index

Below you will find an index of the articles written over the past several years for Unprison.  Readers are encouraged, as issues arise in your area, to utilize the research, analysis, and opinions presented below.  Some of these have appeared elsewhere, … Continue reading

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Testify: US Commission on Civil Rights Tackles Employment Discrimination

The federal government is not done developing the law around discrimination against people with criminal records, particularly as the Disparate Impact on people of Color has been rampant.  They are accepting testimony until January 21st.  Our friends at National Employment … Continue reading

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The Tragedy We Know Obama’s Gun Control Moves Will Accomplish

The 18th Executive Order signed by President Obama is to provide incentives (and funding) for schools to have police oversee the children.  This will create results.  Of all the other items concerning background checks and manufacturing specifics for future guns, … Continue reading

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So You Want To Be A Prosecutor? 6 Rules to get started.

I have recently had several conversations with aspiring prosecutors, all of whom have an idealist desire to punish wrong-doers and protect the public.  It became obvious that they had very limited experience with the criminal justice system at all.  I … Continue reading

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