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"Criminalization of pregnancy has already been happening to the poor and women of color," By Sandhya Dirks, NPR, August 03, 2022
"The Rise of Pregnancy Criminalization: A Pregnancy Justice Report," Pregnancy Justice, September 19, 2023
"Tennessee bill could criminalize some drag show performances," by Melissa Brown and Angele Latham, The Tennessean, November 10, 2022
"Welcome to the Nicotine Prohibition Era," by Jacob Grier, Reason, April 04, 2022
"Criminalizing free speech? Group challenges Miami Beach law used to cuff people filming cops," by David Ovalle, Miami Herald, January 30, 2022
"How the Criminalization of Testosterone Attacks Gender Variant People," by Adryan Corcione, Filter, December 02, 2021
"Why telling a cop you have Covid in New Jersey could get you 10 years in prison," by Jessica Glenza, The Guardian, November 05, 2021
"Pennsylvania Homeless Man Spared Felony Charge for 43-Cent Misunderstanding," by Joe Lancaster, Reason, November 01, 2021
"Homeless Pennsylvania Man Faces 7 Years In Prison Over 43 Cent Soda Theft," by Nick Visser, HuffPost, September 20, 2021
"She was just released after 27 years in prison. Her crime: stealing a VCR," by Caroline Anders, Washington Post, September 02, 2021
"A former Marine was pulled over for following a truck too closely. Police took nearly $87,000 of his cash.," by Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, September 01, 2021
"Texas’ homeless suffer due to lack of public housing as public camping is criminalized," by Stephanie Sy and Frank Carlson, PBS NewsHour, August 26, 2021
"Texas House advances controversial voting bill," by Kirk McDaniel, Courthouse News Service, August 26, 2021
"SLC mayor defends messaging on no camping which led to confusion for some officers," by Daniel Woodruff, KJZZ.com, August 05, 2021
"After 30 years, Missouri reforms HIV transmission criminalization law," by Sophie Hurwitz, Missouri Independent, August 05, 2021