Category Archives: Legislation

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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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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