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Dan
Zeidman

Dan Zeidman is a Lobbyist Assistant focusing on criminal justice reform for the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. Before coming to the ACLU, Dan worked as a Legislative Assistant for the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He graduated from Williams College in 2009 with a BA in Political Science and a concentration in Leadership Studies.

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Senate Hearing Explores the Exorbitant Costs of Incarceration

Senate Hearing Explores the Exorbitant Costs of Incarceration

By Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:51pm
Over the last 30 years, the population of the federal prison system has increased exponentially – nearly 800 percent – largely due to the overrepresentation of those convicted of drug offenses, many of whom are low-level and non-violent. Today, a record 218,000 people are confined within Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) operated facilities or in privately managed or community-based institutions and jails.

One Step Closer to Ending Racial Profiling

By Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:28am

Whether it be the Arab-American Secret Service agent barred from a commercial flight en route to join the security detail at President George W. Bush's Crawford ranch, the African American high school student in Seattle singled out and degraded…

Seeing Is Believing: Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Is Possible

Seeing Is Believing: Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Is Possible

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office & Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:38pm

In 2009, Terry Collins, then Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, explained, “We are at a critical and urgent stage. If current trends continue, our research indicates the population will reach nearly 60,000 inmates by…

Brady Reform: New Legislation Is a Win for Justice

Brady Reform: New Legislation Is a Win for Justice

By Jesselyn McCurdy, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:47pm

In the 1963 Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a defendant’s fundamental right to any and all favorable information that might prove he or she was innocent of a crime. From that case came the “Brady…

Retroactivity — the Path to Fairness

Retroactivity — the Path to Fairness

By Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:06am

By applying the Fair Sentencing Act's new sentencing structure retroactively, the Sentencing Commission would right a terrible injustice and reduce the sentences of approximately 12,040 individuals.

Interrupting the Violence

Interrupting the Violence

By Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:00pm

Across the country, states are working to reform their juvenile justice systems in order to emphasize youth rehabilitation and violence prevention.  Just this past Thursday, the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgians – which…

EEOC: Help Stop Discriminatory Barriers to Employment

By Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:49pm

Ms. W, a Native American woman in Washington State, was convicted in 2008 for possession of marijuana. After applying for a job at a discount retail store and receiving a conditional offer of employment, Ms. W received a call from the manager telling…

Promising Beginnings: States Provide a Model for Federal Criminal Justice Reform

By Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:00pm

In his 2007 State of the State address, Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) aptly explained, “I believe we can take an approach to crime that is both tough and smart…[T]here are thousands of non-violent offenders in the system whose future we…

A Call for Fairness

A Call for Fairness

By Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:03pm

June 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs" — a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United…

It's Time for Congress to Get Smart on Crime

By Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:34pm

Our investment in the criminal justice system is not paying dividends. Exploding prison populations — driven by America's "tough on crime" policies — have caused state spending on corrections to quadruple over the past 20…

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