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A Condemned Man in Texas Gains His Freedom

A Condemned Man in Texas Gains His Freedom

At 12:32 p.m. ET, on Wednesday, Manuel Velez, my client and an innocent man, stepped out of prison and into the Huntsville, Texas air a free man. For nine years, Manuel has languished behind bars. What’s ironic about watching him walk out of this particular prison, the Walls Unit, which is often used to process [...]
Solitary Confinement is Torture, Wis. Faith Group Says  Faith leaders in Wisconsin are boosting the public’s awareness this week about the effect of solitary confinement on humans and making the case that it’s torture. They’re not doing so by inviting the public inside a prison. Rather, they’re bringing a mock cell to the streets and asking people – and government leaders – [...]
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‘Chokehold’ Training to Stop for Seattle-Area Deputiesexcerpt
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Are Individuals at Fault? No, Institutions Have Failed Us.“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” – Martin Luther King Jr. This year is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and commemorations have occurred across the country, from Mississippi to New Orleans. I have been thinking about how far as a country we have come, and [...]
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Traffic Stops of Latinos in Fresno Area Unequal, Groups Say  Latino drivers in Fresno County, California, have a greater likelihood of being targeted for traffic stops by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and of having their cars impounded, according to a recent report  from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the ACLU of California.  The report was initiated after community members from Caruthers, California [...]
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Early Release Idea Approved for Federal InmatesWASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted on July 18 that would dramatically reduce the nation’s prison population over time. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year voted to substantially lower recommended sentences for drug-dealing felons, [...]
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Illinois’ Clean Slate Act Helps Young People Clear Records  Young people arrested for a minor offense might not realize that their criminal record can affect them as adults. It can be a barrier to gaining higher education, housing and jobs.  For youth in Illinois, that barrier will be lifted on Jan. 1, 2015 when the state’s Clean Slate Act goes into effect and [...]
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Domestic Violence Protection Bill Defeated in Louisiana  Louisiana state lawmakers on Thursday rejected a bill that supporters said would have offered much-needed housing protection to people who have experienced domestic violence.  The state House of Representatives defeated Senate Bill 233 by a vote of 34-63, according to the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, which joined more than 40 community [...]
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Judge: Thousands in Calif. Can Again Vote in Elections  Tens of thousands of people in California have regained their right to cast ballots following a Wednesday ruling that Secretary of State Debra Bowen had improperly disenfranchised them two years ago, the ACLU of Northern California reported.  Bowen had issued instructions to election officials in December 2011 that individuals on Post Release Community Supervision [...]
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Cornealious “Mike” Anderson and Mandatory SentencesThe story of Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, the convicted Missouri man who, because of a state Department of Corrections error, lived free for the 13 years of his prescribed prison sentence, sparked a national debate: Should a rehabilitated man be sent to prison? As Anderson awaited a judge’s decision about his fate, some argued he must [...]
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