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Voter Suppression in the 2014 Midterm

Sean McElwee | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Research finds that felon disenfranchisement laws have influenced the outcomes of both presidential and Senate elections. Such laws disenfranchised almost 6 million voters this year -- most of them poor and people of color.

Class Bias in the 2014 Midterms

Sean McElwee | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

When low income voters turnout at a higher rate, Republicans are more likely to propose voter ID laws. One study finds that the indirect costs of these laws are higher than poll taxes were at the times they were instituted.

Don't Call Me An 'Ex-Felon'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

Daryl Atkinson spent a little more than three years in jail, and in his ample time as a free man he has earned both a bachelor's degree and a law degr...

Why #FelonCrushFriday Should Change the Way We Think About Incarceration

Eva Shang | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Eva Shang

#FelonCrushFriday should be used to raise public awareness about the reforms needed in the criminal justice system and how each of us can extend a hand to those caught in its revolving doors. We can change the way we think about crime and incarceration.

Review Exposes Trouble With State's 2012 Elections

AP | BY RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — At least 12 Iowa residents wrongly had their ballots rejected in the 2012 presidential election because of inaccuracies in th...

Tonight's State of the Union Should Also Offer Economic Opportunity for People With Drug Law Felonies

Alexsandra Smith | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Alexsandra Smith

As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.

Felons Deserve the Right to Vote

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

While most issues hold no common ground between humanists and Christian evangelicals, this one could be an exception to that rule. Many humanists and evangelicals agree that felons have the potential for reform, albeit for different reasons.

Hallelujah! The World's Sleaziest Politician Goes to Jail!

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Here in the USA, we're all used to the downfall of sleazy, ethics-free politicians. But they have all met their match in terms of plumbing the depths of human sludge compared to the loathsome British politician who has just been sentenced to jail for "perverting the course of justice."

Gun Control Is Just the Latest Issue Where Facts Lose Out to Emotions and Paranoia

Mitchell Bard | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Arguments against reasonable, limited gun control are not based on empirical positions but on subjective gut-feelings. The reasons offered to oppose gun control are emotional responses meant to divert the argument from the evidence.

Factories Employing Felons For Dollars A Day Under Scrutiny

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

TALLADEGA, Ala. — On the outside, Unicor, with its big oaks and magnolia trees, looks like it could be part of a landscaped industrial park. Ste...

WATCH: The Case For Letting Felons Vote

Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

In many states, felons lose their right to vote as a consequence of their crimes. But is this just? HuffPost Live host Mike Sacks poses the questio...

GOP Senate Hopeful Questioned For Hiring Felon

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Michigan reportedly hired a convicted felon to collect signatures to get him on the ballot. Pete Hoekstr...

U.S. Attorney: Want To Fight Corruption? Start Speaking Up About It

Posted 11.13.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald sounded off on a variety of topics at the City Club of Chicago Monday -- and reminded the crowd that everyone needs s...

Supreme Court Waits in the Wings as Appeals Court Considers the Constitution, Voting Rights, Race and Criminal Justice

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Serious questions about racial discrimination in our criminal justice system, laws that deny the vote to those who have been convicted in this system,...

The Real McDonnell Agenda?

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

In proposing the writing of an essay for inmates who wish to regain their voting rights, Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia wasn't trying to deny all felons the right to vote -- just black ones.

Job Fair For Felons Held In Orlando, Florida

WESH Orlando | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It may have been a first for this country: a job fair for felons was held earlier this week. One local organization believes that in order to keep ...

Times Misses Mark: Governor Paterson Should Be Applauded for Hiring Former Drug Dealer

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

As an ex-offender who served hard time, I believe that Paterson should be applauded for giving his aide David Johnson the opportunity to excel.

Prisoner's Dilemma: Should a Chicago Alderman Relish His Opposition to Felony Franks?

Marilia Duffles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marilia Duffles

Leave it to a Wall Street Journal story this week about a Chicago alderman's opposition to Jimmy Andrews' Felony Franks -- a hot dog joint that hires ...

Felons In Prison Should Be Able To Vote In Washington State, Federal Judges Rule

AP | RACHEL LA CORTE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rig...

Make Them Work for a Living

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

It's time to be really tough on criminals. Let's make it so they have to get a job when they get out of jail -- so they can suffer like the rest of us.

Take the Handcuffs Off the Economic Recovery

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

The economic effect of more than ten million American adults who can't buy cars, houses, furniture, appliances, or other durable goods is like 9-11, Katrina, and every other hurricane combined.