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March 2011 , Page 49 

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STATE CRIMINAL JUSTICE NETWORK LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By Angelyn C Frazer; Adam Diamond

The day-to-day work of state-level criminal justice reform is supported by committed individuals and organizations including lawyers, judges, advocates, formerly incarcerated individuals, policymakers (on both sides of the aisle), and even district attorneys and members of the law enforcement community. The State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) is comprised of a few of these entities. The following summaries provide a snapshot of the several criminal justice reforms that occurred in the 2010 legislative session in various states. It is a testament to the efforts and dedication of SCJN members who have provided a glimpse into the political wrangling, coalition-building and compromises that are part of the pursuit of legislative reform. This is part one of a two-part series of the amazing legislative efforts of Network members.

New York Prison-Based Gerrymandering

In 1998, the concept of “million dollar blocks” emerged when researchers in New York City identified

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