Can Federal Prison Reform Actually Happen?

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Most of the major players seem to be on board. Will prison reform succeed where other big ideas have failed?

DOJ to Schools: Stop Sending Kids to Jail for Breaking Discipline Rules

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Here’s why the Justice Department needed to intervene in student discipline.

To the Supremes: Hands Off Affirmative Action

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Professor Warren Blumenfeld believes revoking Affirmative Action could cause disastrous consequences.

ALEC Doubles Down on its Support For ‘Less Draconian’ Prison Sentences

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On Friday, ALEC came forward with its support for shorter prison sentences for low-level offenders, likely hoping to change its image.

Why Go Easy on Junkies?

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Reforming mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders.

How A Little-Known Agency Is Taking Crucial Steps To Reduce Drug Sentences

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The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to consider its own major reform to its guidelines.

US Attorney General Set to Announce End to Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Non-Violent, Low-Level Drug Charges

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Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system.

Justice Department Head Resolves to Protect Voting Rights

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Holder vows to challenge voter suppression efforts after Supreme Court ruling

GOP Congressman Supports Move to Restore Voting Rights Act In Texas

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Sensenbrenner says Justice Department move is consistent with Voting Rights Act; increased litigation “major consequence” of SCOTUS ruling

Voices Raised Against Racial Dissonance

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As an everyday Black man in America, Dr. Donald E Grant Jr. thanks President Obama and Mr. Holder for looking into the Souls of Black Folk and speaking their truths.

SCOTUS Rules on Voting Rights Act

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Here is a quick explanation of what the Supreme Court’s ruling means.

Are You in the Marijuana Majority?

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An interview with drug law reform activist and Marijuana Majority board member, Shaleen Title.

In This Hour of Danger: Civil Liberties and the Eternal Threat of Terror

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Should government powers include the right to assassinate citizens as the way to fight terror? No, says Brian Earp, and here’s why.

Fast and Furious – Sympathy for the POTUS?

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The timing of the Fast and Furious investigation may be cause for GOP concern.

George Zimmerman Will Be Tried In Death of Trayvon Martin (Updated)

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George Zimmerman to face criminal charges in the death of Trayvon Martin. Also breaking news: Eric Holder announces a parallel investigation into a violation of the civil rights of Trayvon Martin, just as Zimmerman’s lawyers resign as his counsel.

The Left and Right Must Come Together Over Trayvon Martin

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T.J. McCormack believes that if we truly want a post-racist society, both the left and the right need to drop the rhetoric and up the compassion, and meet somewhere in the middle.