Prisons

Denounced as Going ‘Too Far’ When Sanders Said It—American Bar Association Backs Full Voting Rights for Incarcerated People

Bolstering a proposal which was denounced by centrists and conservatives as going “too far” in the fight for voting rights when Sen. Bernie Sanders backed it during the Democratic presidential primary, the American Bar Association won applause from rights advocates on Thursday regarding its support for full enfranchisement for current and former prison inmates. At its annual meeting earlier …

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As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases, Supreme Court Rules Jail Does Not Have to Provide Basic Protections to Inmates

As prisons and jails across the country continue to report Covid-19 outbreaks among inmates and staff, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that a county jail in California does not have to provide its population with basic sanitary and protective equipment or test symptomatic inmates. Responding to an emergency application by officials at Orange …

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Rights Group Demands ICE End ‘Beyond Inhumane’ Detention and Deportations as Covid-19 Pandemic Intensifies

Blaming the Trump administration’s “irresponsible actions” for the ongoing spread of Covid-19 in immigration detention centers across the U.S. and in countries where ICE has deported hundreds of people since March, the International Rescue Committee on Monday demanded that people be released from detention immediately to mitigate the spread of the virus. ICE currently acknowledges …

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US Supreme Court Upholds ‘Pay-to-Vote Scheme,’ Allowing Florida to Impose Poll Tax on Those With Felony Convictions

The voting rights of hundreds of thousands of former felons in Florida were called into question Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a lower court ruling to stand, permitting the state to bar former inmates from voting if they owe court fees or fines.  The decision relates to Amendment 4, a law that overwhelmingly passed …

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‘This Is Mass Murder’: Covid-19 Deaths in US Prisons Have Risen by 73% the Past Month

After months of warnings that the coronavirus pandemic has turned U.S. detention facilities into “ticking time bombs” and a “nightmare waiting to happen,” the New York Times reported Tuesday that deaths related to Covid-19 in prisons across the country have soared by 73% since mid-May. “The number of prison inmates known to be infected has …

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‘Watershed Moment in Election Law’ as Judge Rules ‘Modern Day Poll Tax’ in Florida Unconstitutional

Civil liberties advocates celebrated after a federal court on Sunday struck down as unconstitutional a Florida law that would have denied the right to vote to nearly a million recently enfranchised state residents with past felony convictions until they paid all outstanding legal fees, fines, and restitution. After Florida voters in November 2018 overwhelming backed …

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