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"New York Will Give a ‘Clean Slate’ to Formerly Incarcerated People," by Grace Ashford, The New York Times, November 16, 2023
"Commentary: Voting rights restoration process lacks transparency," by Lucas Della Ventura and Alex Perkowski, Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 31, 2023
"A Legal Fight Over Whether Governors Can Deny Thousands the Vote," by Michael Wines, New York Times, October 16, 2023
"No child belongs in a cage. Conditions at juvenile prisons make extreme violence inevitable," by Eleni Christofides, The Columbus Dispatch, September 26, 2023
"Virginia voter removals raise concerns among rights groups," by Ben Paviour, VPM, September 25, 2023
"SBA proposes to remove criminal record restrictions in loan programs," by Margaret Love, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, September 18, 2023
"Mississippi wants to overturn ruling that allows formerly incarcerated felons to vote," by Michael McEwen, NPR, August 24, 2023
"A new Minnesota law restores voting rights to thousands of felony offenders," by Brian Bakst, MPR, August 25, 2023
"Licensing barriers keep people with criminal records from education and training," by Tara García Mathewson, Washington Post, August 06, 2023
"Appeals Court Overturns Mississippi’s Lifetime Ban on Voting for Former Felons," by Michael Wines, New York Times, August 04, 2023
"Tennessee election officials: Court ruling raises bar for restoring felon voting rights," by Jonathan Mattise and Travis Loller, Associated Press, July 24, 2023
"Ex-Prisoners Face Headwinds as Job Seekers, Even as Openings Abound," by Talmon Joseph Smith, New York Times, July 06, 2023
"Another Judge Chips Away at Laws Barring Felons From Owning Guns," by Brian Doherty, Reason, June 29, 2023
"Don’t ‘Punish Them More.’ Effort Grows to Ease Job Barriers After Prison Release," by Stan Donaldson Jr., The Marshall Project, June 05, 2023
"Newsom vowed to pardon LGBTQ Californians. Only one living person has benefited," by Mackenzie Mays, Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2023