Category Archives: Legislation

Bursting The System: Louisiana Holds a Hearing To Sell State Prisons

Louisiana’s House Appropriations Committee held a hearing today on HB 850, regarding the sale of Avoyelles Correctional Center, and the authorization to sell every prison built after 1989.  This would follow the direction of Arizona and Florida, and possibly lead to … Continue reading

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America’s Top Lobbyists On Criminal Justice Reform- Legal? Proper?

As the legislative process picks up in many states, one common lobbyist will again take their leadership position at the statehouses.  The state Attorney General and local police chiefs will again move to the front of the line of “The … Continue reading

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SENATE TO VOTE ON NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMISSION ACT: CALL YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT PASSAGE

Many people around the country have maintained pressure on senate leadership to support the National Criminal Justice Commission Act (NCJCA), legislation that would create a bipartisan Commission to review and identify effective criminal justice policies and make recommendations for reform. … Continue reading

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So You Want to Be A Legislator? A Few Tips Involving Prisons

Those wanting to know more can go to http://www.PrisonersOfTheCensus.org and get the latest on this tactic in all 50 states.

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EEOC Accepting Public Input on the Issue of Criminal Background Checks

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will publicly consider developing a policy on Arrest and Conviction Records as a barrier to employment.  They will take testimony via  Commissionmeetingcomments@eeoc.gov DATE AND TIME:  Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 9:30 A.M. Eastern Time PLACE: … Continue reading

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Governor Chaffee Signs Two Laws Supporting Civil and Human Rights in RI

Governor Lincoln Chaffee recently signed two important prison reform bills: the Healthy Pregnancies Act, (to unshackle pregnant prisoners), and another which would create a task force to develop procedures for recording interrogations in serious cases.   Neither are radical changes to existing … Continue reading

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