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Friday Nite Videos | April 23, 2021

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Why Is America's Justice System So Unfair? Martín Espada | "The Year I Was Diagnosed with a Sacrilegious Heart". How Human-Robot Sex May Become Real. How an Abstinence Pledge Shamed a Generation. The Great Gap in Vaccinations.

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Why Is America's Justice System So Unfair?

Ari Melber traces the origins of injustice in America's justice system by explaining everything from the racist Jim Crow framework to the bipartisan 1994 crime bill.

Iowans with Past Criminal Convictions Can Now Vote

Brennan Center for Justice
Iowa was the last state in the country that permanently took voting rights away from citizens with past convictions unless the government approved individual rights restoration – which now applies only to people with felony homicide convictions.

Stop Police Crimes - Enact CPAC for Community Control

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Our CPAC ordinance is currently in the public safety committee in Chicago City Council and, if enacted, it will create a democratically-elected Council to oversee the Chicago Police Department.

Maryland State Senate Panel Briefed on Disparity in Incarceration

Hannah Gaskill Maryland Matters
While only 31% of Maryland residents are black, more than 70% of Maryland’s prison population is black, a percentage that is more than twice the national average. And about 80% of people serving 10 years or more in Maryland prisons are black.

Criminal Justice Fees and Fines Don’t Work

Michael Crowley, Tim Lau, Matthew Menendez Brennan Center for Justice
Courts have grown more dependent on fees and fines for revenue. But enforcing them is expensive — and we don’t even know the true costs.
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