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"Florida’s Supreme Court Says Ex-Felons Must Pay Fines Before Regaining the Vote," by Jacob Rosenberg, Mother Jones, January 16, 2020
"Affordable-housing funds could also help reduce recidivism in Delaware," by Mark Eichmann, NPR, January 15, 2020
"People on Probation and Parole Are Being Denied Perfectly Legal Medical Weed," by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project, January 17, 2020
"Opinion: Parole reform is the next criminal justice frontier," by Gustavo Rivera, New York Daily News, January 14, 2020
"Editorial: Florida Legislature has one more chance on voting rights," by Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board, Tampa Bay Times, January 10, 2020
"Opinion: Why other states should follow the lead on New Jersey clean slate law," by Nila Bala, The Hill, January 10, 2020
"Ex-prisoners who can vote sought for Wisconsin 2020 election," by Sara Burnett, Washington Post, January 13, 2020
"House OKs Bills To Help Ex-Prisoners Start Businesses," by Andrew Kragie, Law360, January 12, 2020
"Florida Faces A Rocky Rollout To Restore Voting Rights After Felony Convictions," by Daniel Rivero, NPR, January 08, 2020
"Voting Rights Restoration Backlog Leaves Iowans With Felony Convictions Waiting," by Katarina Sostaric, NPR, January 02, 2020
"Most former felons in California are now eligible for a new role: Jury duty," by Erik Ortiz, NBC News, January 01, 2020
"On Eve Of Legal Marijuana In Illinois, Governor Pardons 11,017 Past Convictions," by Brian Mackey, NPR, December 31, 2019
"From prison to Yale law, one poet's journey of inspiration," by Liz Langley, The Hill, December 27, 2019
"Awakening to a Mass-Supervision Crisis," by Priscilla A. Ocen, The Atlantic, December 26, 2019
"Inmates Hope for Christmas Clemency Miracle from Cuomo," NBC 4 New York City, December 24, 2019