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Thou Shalt Not Take Vengeance: Advocating for Sentencing Reform

Fresh Updates from RAC » Civil Rights   |   Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
In this week’s parsha we read, “Thou shalt not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself” (Leviticus 19:19). It is reasonable and necessary to punish crime, in the interest of public safety. But for some offenders—especially drug offenders—our current laws disproportionately punish […]

Supreme Court Happenings

Fresh Updates from RAC » Civil Rights   |   Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
In light of recent Supreme Court decisions, and more opinions expected to come down this morning, it feels like an appropriate time to recap what the nine justices have been working and opining on. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, upholding a constitutional ban […]

Democracy Restoration Act Reintroduced

Fresh Updates from RAC » Civil Rights   |   Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
Just weeks after Attorney General Holder highlighted the issue of felon disenfranchisement, members of Congress have introduced the Democracy Restoration Act, which would restore voting rights in federal elections to 4.4 million Americans who are out of prison and living in the community. Last Thursday, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representative John Conyers (D-MI) introduced […]
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