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St. Louis Judges Give Felons Probation in 61 Percent of Cases

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — (UPDATED 5:31 p.m.) City Circuit Court Judges gave probation to all felons — not just gun docket cases — 61 percent of the time last fall, according to new numbers obtained from a public records request. 595 more words

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Felons Serve Their Time but Still can't get a Job

According to a recent report by Aljazeera: The $63 billion a year prison system, housing 2.4 million people at a time in the United States has recently begun to attract the attention of…

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Senate Committee Discusses Restoring Voting Rights For Felons

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hundreds were expected to pack the hearing room at the State Capitol in St. Paul Thursday as the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee discussed whether convicted felons should have their voting rights restored. 186 more words

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Governor Signs Law To Help Stop Public Pensions For Felons

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new state law will make it tougher for felons to receive a public pension.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday giving Illinois’ attorney general more power to stop pension payments to convicted felons. 107 more words

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Measure Proposed To Restore Felons' Rights

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Convicted felons are barred from voting, but one South Florida lawmaker has proposed a constitutional amendment that would change that. 127 more words

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Should we forgive criminal history?

I once interviewed for a second shift factory job, a man who had a six year gap in his work history. When I refused to continue the interview until he filled in that gap, he said, “But if I tell you, you won’t hire me.” At my insistence, he eventually admitted that he had been in prison, doing time for the rape of a co-worker. 432 more words

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Court in Va. Examines Death Row Isolation Policy

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s practice of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement will be reviewed by a federal appeals court in a case that experts say could have repercussions beyond the state’s borders. 726 more words

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