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Entries by Saki Knafo from 07/2013

Employment Discrimination Pushes Felons Onto Food Stamp Rolls, Increasing Program's Costs

Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

By refusing to hire people who have been convicted of crimes, employers may be adding billions of dollars to the total cost of the country's balloonin...

DOJ Says Soaring Prison Costs Hurt Criminal Justice System, Calls For Sentencing Reform

Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There will be fewer federal prosecutors and FBI agents available to bring charges and investigate federal crimes, and less money to supp...

Voter ID Trial Gets Underway In Pennsylvania

Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

In a trial set to start next week, lawyers from a coalition of liberal-leaning and civil rights groups will attempt to strike down a statute that requ...

African Americans Account For 4 Of 5 Arrests Made In DC: Report

Posted 07.12.2013 | DC

African Americans make up slightly more than half the population of Washington, D.C., but they account for nearly 80 percent of arrests in the city, a...

Voter ID Trial Opens In Pennsylvania

Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- On the first day of a voter ID trial in Pennsylvania on Monday, the liberal-leaning plaintiffs got a boost from an improbable ally ...

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Could Disenfranchise More Than 500,000 People: Trial Expert

Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

A statistician testified on the second day of Pennsylvania’s latest trial over the constitutionality of the state's voter identification law that hu...

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Wastes Money And Resources, Say Former Federal Prosecutors And Judges

Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

Dozens of former federal prosecutors and judges are pressing Congress to reform the country's mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which set lengthy pri...

North Carolina Republicans Introduce Tough New Voter ID Bill

Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

Senate Republicans in North Carolina introduced a new voter ID bill on Thursday that would require all voters to present specific, state-approved form...

Do We Spend More To Feed Americans Or Lock Them Up?

Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

Budgets are about priorities and moral choices: What does a society value most? The growth of the country's food stamps rolls recently prompted Republ...

Voting Rights Of Black Americans Trampled By 'New Jim Crow,' Civil Rights Advocates Say

Posted 07.25.2013 | Black Voices

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. By most standards, Desmond Meade ...

North Carolina Voter ID Law Targets Student Voters, Too

Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

As North Carolina lawmakers prepare to pass what is widely considered one of the most restrictive voter identification bills in the country, activists...

North Carolina Voter ID Law Proposals Exist, Voter Fraud Not So Much

Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

Thursday night, North Carolina lawmakers passed a restrictive voter ID law that will either disenfranchise thousands of citizens or protect the electo...

Pat McCrory Hasn't Read Controversial Voter ID Provision That He's About To Sign Into Law

Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

As of Friday, North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, hadn't read one of the most controversial provisions of an extensive voter ID bill th...

Pennsylvania Voter ID Confusion Disenfranchised Over 35,000, AFL-CIO Report Finds

Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

Last summer, the state of Pennsylvania sent out mailers to hundreds of thousands of residents, suggesting that they lacked the documents needed to com...

Why Getting Voter ID Might Become Much Harder Than Voting

Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

In the recent trial over the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's new voter identification law, which is slated to wrap up this week, lawyers for an ar...