Category: American Civil Liberties Union

License to Clip: A Movement to Let the Formerly Incarcerated Cut Hair and Drive Taxis Is Gaining Ground

The Marshall Project By Ashley Nerbovig Rosemarie Abruzzese feared losing her cosmetology license and her job in 2017 after the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology said her past felony drug conviction made her a threat to public safety. Her story is familiar, a license being threatened or denied outright because of a past crime. Abruzzese was …

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Do Jail Diversion Programs Really Work?

The Crime Report By Elena Schwartz Melissa Braham, 27, had no adult criminal history when she was apprehended by police in Kansas last fall while moving from Colorado to Missouri. After searching her car, officers charged Braham and her boyfriend with misdemeanor marijuana and paraphernalia possession. Under state law, she was entitled to receive notice …

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TED Talk

The United States locks up more people than any other country in the world, says documentarian Eve Abrams, and somewhere between 1 and 4 percent of them are likely innocent. That’s 87,000 brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers separated from their families, their lives and dreams put on hold. Using audio from interviews with these families, …

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Time Spent in Solitary Confinement Drops Dramatically in Illinois Youth Facilities

ProPublica Illinois By Duaa Eldeib After years of sending youths to solitary confinement for days, weeks and even months at a time, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice has taken drastic steps to reduce the time young offenders spend in isolation. The decision to move away from solitary confinement, or segregation, came as part of …

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Olympia’s New Discipline Plans Say Schools Must Be Fairer and Work with Parents

The Seattle Times By Claudia Rowe For the first time, education leaders in Olympia are officially stating that school discipline must be “culturally responsive” and families and communities must be part of efforts to address student misbehavior. In a series of proposed new policies to make school discipline fairer, the state’s education department has spelled out several …

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