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  • Fight for your right to party ... or trespass?
    Fight for your right to party ... or trespass?

    The house was supposed to be vacant, the owner says. The partygoers in a poor neighborhood in the District of Columbia say the police who broke up the evening of lap dances and drug use had no reason ...

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  • Majority 54: Restoring the right to vote in Florida with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
    Majority 54: Restoring the right to vote in Florida with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

    A movement has been underway in Florida to help convicted, nonviolent felons who have served their time restore some of their constitutional rights. In particular, the right to vote. Floridians will ...

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  • A stun belt can't be used as punishment for not answering questions, appeals court rules
    A stun belt can't be used as punishment for not answering questions, appeals court rules

    A defendant in Texas had his conviction thrown out on appeal after a judge used a stun belt — normally outfitted in case there's a possibility of violence — as punishment for refusing to answer ...

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  • Important read: 'The Perverse Power of the Prosecutor'
    Important read: 'The Perverse Power of the Prosecutor'

    Legislators write the laws, and law enforcement (as the name implies) enforces them. But the role of prosecutors plays an under-appreciated role in the fight for criminal justice reform. District ...

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  • A move to fix the cash bond system is underway
    A move to fix the cash bond system is underway

    The idea of a cash bond system — wherein you can stay out of jail while your case makes its way through the system — is fine, if it weren't also inherently unfair on socio-economic and racial levels. ...

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  • Poll finds Floridians in favor of recreational marijuana, restoring felons' rights
    Poll finds Floridians in favor of recreational marijuana, restoring felons' rights

    A poll from released in February conducted by the University of North Florida found that a majority of registered voters in the state support restoring the right to vote to non-violent convicted ...

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