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Illinois: One pen away from abolishing the death penalty

Lawmakers are poised to make Illinois the first state to end capital punishment since 2009.

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Scott sisters freed!

Jamie and Gladys Scott received the news on December 29 that their 16-year prison ordeal was over at last: Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour commuted their double-life sentences and ordered them out of prison. They were originally accused of having taken part in an $11 robbery!

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Charges of coverup, racism in police shooting

Details surrounding the fatal police shooting of Pace University football player Danroy Henry are murky, but a police leak has spurred charges of racism and a coverup.

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Over 4 million U.S. citizens denied right to vote

A protest rally calling for restoration of voting rights for ex-felons was held last week at the University of the District of Columbia.

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Groups demand pardon for Scott Sisters in Mississippi

A rally last week in Jackson, Miss., called for freedom for Jamie and Gladys Scott, two Black women given double life sentences in 1992 for allegedly being accessories to an armed robbery in which $11 was stolen.

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House to vote on crack-cocaine sentencing laws

The House of Representatives may take action this week to drastically reduce inequality in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine users.

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Movement for justice for Oscar Grant maps next steps

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - At Chuco's Justice Center here, more than 50 people met this week to discuss the next steps in the movement for justice for Oscar Grant III.

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Ex-inmates need across-the-board help, panelists say

Alameda County elected officials, law enforcement officials, community organizations and current and former inmates came together April 22, to consider how best to help former prisoners.

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Senate drug sentencing bill reduces disparities, not far enough

The Senate, by voice vote March 17, passed legislation that would reduce the crack/cocaine sentencing disparity.

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Cop pleads guilty to massive murder cover-up during Katrina

A New Orleans police lieutenant pleads guilty to spearheading a massive cover-up of murder and violence committed by police in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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