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First Step Act Has Sinister Implications for the Poor and Marginalized

Candice Bernd Truthout
The modest sentence reductions in the bill are so narrow that veteran reform advocates say the long-term, harmful provisions of the legislation — including its reliance on racist risk assessment mechanisms and expansion of electronic monitoring...

The Very Hard Lessons We Learned: Real Justice

Shaun King Real Justice
Real justice text When we launched the Real Justice PAC we decided that we wanted to not only help elect leaders who would radically change the justice system from the inside out, we decided that we would be the most transparent, open organization in this space.. .

New Federal Prison Policies May Put Books and Email on Ice

Lauren Gill In Justice Today
New Bureau of Prisons policies will make it harder and more expensive for federal inmates to receive books through the mail. In addition, another new policy will limit inmate access to people outside through the prison email system.

The 'Slave Power' Behind Florida's Felon Disenfranchisement

Garrett Epps The Atlantic
Even though ex-felons do not have a “right” to vote the arbitrariness and potential bias of the restoration process offend “two First Amendment rights; namely, free association and free expression.”

Arkansas Judge Moves to Block Executions

Alan Blinder New York Times
Four companies have publicly raised concerns about how the Arkansas Department of Correction came to stockpile the drugs for its lethal injection cocktail — midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride — but only the McKesson Corporation, the drug distributor that ranks fifth on the Fortune 500 list of companies, made an explicit allegation of deception.

Arkansas Plans to Execute Seven People This Month, Continuing Long Tradition of Assembly-Line Killing

Liliana Segura The Intercept
For all the insistence from states and the courts that the drug is appropriate for executions, the man who created midazolam is disturbed that his invention has been adopted for lethal injection. “I didn’t make it for that purpose,” he recently told the New York Times. Anesthesiologist David Lubarsky, one of the original authors of the 2005 Lancet study, warns that the drug is “a very poor choice” for lethal injection.
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