Tag Archives: New Orleans

Criminal Justice Expert Poised for NOLA City Council Seat

When Dana Kaplan soared into position for a December run-off election, it became clear that something big is happening in the city of New Orleans- the most incarcerated city in the most incarcerated state in the most incarcerated nation in … Continue reading

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Politics, Prisons, and Entergy- 10 Thoughts During Hurricane Issac

1.  If we treat storms that are labeled Category 1 as if they are Katrina’s mighty siblings, then we run the risk of numbing ourselves and tuning people out when a Category 4 or 5 blows through in another decade. … Continue reading

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Winning, Then Losing, My Right to Vote

This article originally appeared in The Guardian. With another presidential election approaching, there is growing discussion about the fact that up to 6 million American citizens have been disenfranchised (pdf) – many for life – due to a felony conviction. … Continue reading

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Can We Take The Civil RIghts Era OFF The Postage Stamps?

Stamps are reserved for history, for settled matters.  You know Malcolm X has been officially stationed when he appeared on your stationary.  But that troubled era appears more revisited with every passing day.  Millions of people waited in prayers and … Continue reading

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Who Supports Education After Incarceration?

When the question of education after incarceration was raised on a national stage last fall, I never related to the view that puts a single individual under a microscope.  To me, it was always a systemic question; one that happened … Continue reading

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The New Grandfather Clause: Illegally Disenfranchising 11% of New Orleans, and Other Tidbits

Upon moving from Rhode Island to Louisiana, I was curious about my voting rights.  In 2006, I was part of a small group of people to move Rhode Island voters to amend their constitution- and re-enfranchise people on probation and … Continue reading

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Does Change.org Allow Hateful Petitions?

UPDATE:  In response to the public’s outrage, the New Orleans Police Dept. stopped the policy of releasing records of victims.  Well done, NOLA. Activists in New Orleans recently started a petition to stop the NOPD from releasing criminal records of … Continue reading

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My First Semester in Law School: Not What You Thought.

As my first semester of law school comes to a close, I can’t help but step back from my typical public policy commentary and reflect upon what has been the most action-packed four months of my life.  As someone once … Continue reading

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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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