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Felony Shuts Professor out of Workforce

Jorge Newbery | Posted 08.11.2016 | Home
Jorge Newbery

Lauren Bertovich can't get a job. Even with a Master's of Interior Architecture, Home Depot will not hire her. Lowe's won't hire her, either. Fast foo...

Why I Left My 'Ex'

Glenn Martin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Home
Glenn Martin

May 4th was a day I'd been anticipating for some time. That was the day Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, who heads the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice, publicly announced a new agency-wide policy directing her staff to stop using "disparaging labels" like "ex-convict" and "ex-felon" in all their communications.

Undoing Veto, Maryland Legislators Ease Ex-Felon Voting Rights

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.10.2016 | Home
Christopher Zoukis

An estimated 44,000 ex-felons in Maryland will have an easier time regaining the right to vote after being released from prison, following the end of a heated fight between the state's governor and its legislature.

Woman Allegedly Tries To Pass Off Cardboard License Plate As Real

The Huffington Post | Samantha Guff | Posted 03.03.2016 | Home

There are some DIY projects that you should never, ever attempt to make yourself -- and license plates definitely fall under that category. A New Yor...

When a Lost Wallet Leads to Felony Arrest: Interview With Greenwich Police Sgt. Zuccerella

Katherine Du | Posted 10.01.2016 | Home
Katherine Du

Fake IDs are a Class D Felony, states Sec. 53a-139 of the Connecticut Penal Code. Yet out of the 8720 arrests Greenwich Police Department has made in the past decade, only 247 individuals were charged with second or third degree forgery. Four juveniles out of the 247 were arrested for possession of fake licenses.

Overuse of Felonies an Overlooked Driver of Mass Incarceration, Racial Disparities

Lenore Anderson | Posted 10.01.2016 | Home
Lenore Anderson

By removing felonies from old records, we can lessen the severe collateral consequences communities of color have suffered from extreme incarceration. We can also begin the long process of rebuilding the justice system with fairness and equality in mind.

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2016 | Home
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

The Reformed Prisoner That's Paying It Forward to Current Inmates

NationSwell | Posted 06.17.2016 | Home

We all struggle to find purpose and meaning in life. But few of us struggle for as long or as painfully as Raul Baez, the founder of WITO, Inc.

Criminalizing Physicians Who Provide Abortions

David A. Grimes | Posted 04.20.2015 | Home
David A. Grimes

New bills introduced in state legislatures in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri would outlaw the safest method of second-trimester abortion in America. Known as dilation and evacuation (D&E), this procedure is also the most commonly used.

People With Felonies, Criminal Records and Gang Affiliation Are Our Friends and Family

Abraham Paulos | Posted 01.30.2015 | Home
Abraham Paulos

President Obama's recent speech fits a historic and racist framework through which we can describe the exclusion and banishment of people with felonies who are detained and deported. Even while some parents of citizens will be eligible for relief, parents with felonies and their families will remain vulnerable.

How Felon Disenfranchisement Hurts American Democracy

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.28.2014 | Home

As the 2014 midterm elections near, voter rights — or lack thereof — have become a hotly contested point of debate all across the country. Texas, ...

NFL, 49er's Show True Colors When Dealing With Felons

Gil Laroya | Posted 11.03.2014 | Home
Gil Laroya

It doesn't take much effort to look for, and find instance after instance of NFL players who get away with everything short of murder. And when it comes to who leads the league, the San Francisco 49er's are now all time leaders in teams having the most players with arrest records.

When a Doctor Faces More Jail Time Than a Rapist

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's been widely reported that Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner sponsored a bill in 2007 that would have outlawed all abortion in Colorado. But there's a detail about the ramifications of Gardner's legislation that's gone unreported, and it's important because it illuminates just how serious his bill was.

Teen Sexting Is Not A Felony

Stephen Balkam | Posted 09.09.2014 | Home
Stephen Balkam

We need to take a moment to reflect on the state of our laws around "sexting." And we need to consider the crazy mixed messages we are sending our teens about sexual behavior in our digital world.

David Lohr

Teen Jailed 13 Days ... Over A Pocketknife | David Lohr | Posted 03.10.2014 | Home

A high school senior in Ohio is facing felony charges after officials at the technical school he was attending for firefighter training searched his v...

Does FOX News Support Guys Marrying 15 Year Old Kids?

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Jon Hotchkiss

As you might expect, after A&E suspended Phil Robertson for his words, the FOX News Hysteria Machine went into Uber-Hyper-Spasmodic Overdrive. Do they know that Robinson has also advocated for 20 year old guys to marry girls who are 15?

The Elkhart Four and the Unjust Application of the Felony Murder Rule on Teens

Steve Drizin | Posted 10.04.2013 | Home
Steve Drizin

Even for adult offenders like 18-year-old Anthony Sparks, the felony murder rule should be constrained, especially in cases where the death of an accomplice was the result of an unpredictable, intervening event.

My College Professor Was an Ex-Con... How About Yours?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 10.09.2013 | Home
Dr. Robert M. Myers

It's almost time for another year to begin at colleges and universities throughout the country. Most students and parents have spent a lot of time vi...

Have You Been to Prison Lately?

Project Return | Posted 09.15.2013 | Home
Project Return

Many of us who work in prisoner reentry, as soon as we heard the ruling, responded reflexively -- to Chief Justice Roberts or to no one in particular -- "Have you been to prison lately?"

America's Awful, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Prison System

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.31.2013 | Home
Sean McElwee

The American prison system should be our greatest source of shame. The only country that imprisons more people per capita may be North Korea. The voiceless and voteless prisoners and former prisoners in America need us to advocate for reform.

When It Comes to Felonies, Every Sentence Is a Life Sentence

Thomas White | Posted 08.05.2013 | Home
Thomas White

Sometimes, good people do bad things. We're not talking about murder or rape -- but rather about people who committed non-violent, first time offenses and are withheld basic societal rights for their whole lives.

Ski Club's Aspen Trip Ends In Massive Bust | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

The Ohio State Ski and Snowboard Club was headed to Aspen when their bus ride took a turn for the worst. On suspicion of smelling marijuana, the bus d...

In Indianapolis, Green Economy Takes Root

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 11.28.2012 | Home
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Once considered one of the most conservative cities in the country, and known largely for its industrial manufacturing history, Indianapolis may seem like an unlikely leader in the movement to create more vibrant, healthy, equitable communities.

Whistling Over the Cliff

Adam Resnick | Posted 01.19.2013 | Home
Adam Resnick

I understand that good people can make bad decisions and do bad things. What I have a difficult time understanding, however, is the vastly different reactions from friends and associates to my felony versus my whistleblowing.

Guess What 1 Out of 10 Floridians Can't Do on Election Day?

Kabira Stokes | Posted 01.05.2013 | Home
Kabira Stokes

I love voting. Voting is a real, tangible action that reminds me what democracy is all about - everyone having a voice, everyone participating. So it is no surprise that I don't love when people aren't allowed to vote.