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"Bill to Help Scrub Records of Low-Level Offenders Hits Newsom's Desk," by Maria Dinzeo, Courthouse News Service, September 10, 2019
"CCRC urges Supreme Court to reverse Iowa expungement decision," by CCRC Staff, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, September 10, 2019
"In Prison, and Fighting to Vote," by Dana Liebelson, The Atlantic, September 06, 2019
"Bill to Restore Vote to California Parolees Clears Assembly Hurdle," by Nick Cahill, Courthouse News Service, September 05, 2019
"Louisiana voting change not causing surge in felon signups," Associated Press, September 01, 2019
"Next Arena for Criminal Justice Reform: A Roof Over Their Heads," by Lola Fadulu, New York Times, September 03, 2019
"After prison, more punishment," by Tracy Jan, Washington Post, September 03, 2019
"Study: New law drastically undercuts felon voting rights restoration," by Wayne Washington, Gainesville Sun, August 17, 2019
"Illinois is expunging marijuana convictions from nearly 800,000 criminal records," by Ryan Prior, CNN, June 27, 2019
"Defense Lawyers Offer Post-Prison Advice," by Katheryn Tucker, Daily Report, June 04, 2019
"Ending mass incarceration won’t succeed without giving people a second chance," by Kevin Davis, ABA Journal, May 01, 2019
"New edition of collateral consequences treatise now available," Collateral Consequences Resource Center, January 09, 2019
"Old Florida Clemency System Was Unconstitutional, Racially Biased," by Matthew S. Schwartz, Washington Post, January 08, 2019
"Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?," by Emily Bazelon, New York Times, September 26, 2018