Bipartisan momentum has been building for years, and a new pro-active agenda by the Brennan Center offers solutions that would keep crime rates low, provide support for law enforcement, and reduce the federal prison population.
The move reverses an Obama-era order that aimed to reduce over-charging, and reinstates more aggressive practices of the past that put people behind bars unnecessarily, wasted government resources, and had little public safety benefit.
It is not a credible effort to improve election integrity. With a Republican chair and vice chair, it is not bipartisan. And several officials reportedly being considered for it are some of the most well-known supporters of voting restrictions.
This is an assault on the rule of law. The president has dismissed the chief law enforcement officer probing whether the president's advisors colluded with a hostile foreign government to influence our elections.
Amid the Trump administration's continued attacks on the federal judiciary, there has been a quieter political push targeting state courts. This roundup looks at laws from state legislatures that pose the biggest threat.
Under current Nebraska law, citizens who have successfully completed a sentence for a felony conviction must wait two years before their rights are restored. This bill would remove that waiting period.
The Florida Supreme Court approved the text of a ballot initiative that, if approved by voters, would amend the state’s constitution to restore voting rights to certain Americans with past criminal convictions who have completed their sentences.
New Jersey has long been a leader in fighting for a more robust democracy. Its lawmakers have an opportunity to build on this legacy with reforms that promote a more inclusive process that maximizes participation for all eligible residents.