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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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