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Another Huge Step Towards Cracking the Disparity

By Emily Zia, Washington Legislative Office at 10:36am
Last week, we commended the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security for doing a markup of the long-awaited Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009 (H.R. 3245), sponsored by Rep. Robert Scott (D-Va.). This week, we have even more to cheer about: yesterday, the full House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the bill by a vote of 16-9. This landmark and historic committee vote clears the way for the bill, which will now head to the full House of Representatives for a final vote.

Finally Cracking the Disparity: It's About Time!

By Emily Zia, Washington Legislative Office at 11:33am

Wednesday marked a historic moment: the House of Representatives did a markup of the long-awaited Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009 (H.R. 3245), sponsored by Rep. Robert Scott (D-Va.). The ACLU has been pushing for this moment for the past…

What Would You Do If Your Child Was Raped?

By Emily Zia, Washington Legislative Office at 5:29pm

Yesterday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its official report on the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), an act that Congress passed in 1996 in order to combat the so-called "frivolous lawsuits" sometimes filed by prisoners. Unfortunately,…

Nadler Hosts Hearing to Discuss Curbing the State Secrets Act

By Emily Zia, Washington Legislative Office at 5:04pm

Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee of the House Judiciary committee, held a hearing yesterday to discuss the long-overdue State…

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