July 9, 2020 -
States across the country require people with felony convictions to purchase their voting rights back if they ever want to cast a ballot again. It is a mechanism that felony disenfranchisement schemes increasingly rely upon, and it marks a return to the sordid tactics of Jim Crow.
January 30, 2020 -
Decades of crowding, understaffing, poor medical care, and intolerable living conditions have reached a tipping point in Mississippi as incarcerated men at Parchman and prison reform advocates cry out for action during a grievous humanitarian crisis.
January 29, 2020 -
The voter registration deadline for Florida's 2020 primary election is approaching. A federal judge ruled that the state cannot require people with felony convictions to pay court fines, if they cannot afford it, to have their voting rights restored. An appeals court is reviewing that decision.
November 22, 2019 -
As the movement to reform the U.S. criminal justice system gains steam, advocates are taking steps to change racist and classist cash bail policies in communities from North Carolina to Kentucky to Texas.
June 5, 2019 -
The Republican-led Georgia ethics commission is investigating the campaign of 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and several groups that focused on mobilizing minority voters. The probe has sparked accusations that the GOP-led commission is inappropriately engaged in partisan politics — and that's neither a new concern for Georgia nor limited to the state.
April 4, 2019 -
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Kentucky law that would have effectively banned abortion in the state. Lawmakers used religion to justify the restrictions, but their views are not representative of all Kentucky Christians.
February 25, 2019 -
House Democrats are traveling around the country to investigate discriminatory election practices and document the need to restore the Voting Rights Act. Events have already been held in Texas and Georgia, with the next set for North Carolina.