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Leading up to the 2012 general election, Julie was a staff attorney with the ACLU of Florida.  She was counsel in several voting rights cases, including litigation preventing reductions to early voting, a successful constitutional challenge to restrictions on voter registration drives, a challenge to Florida’s purge of the state voter rolls, and a challenge to the non-uniformity of elections laws among Florida counties.  She also wrote and testified on the disparate impact of felon disfranchisement and the intersection of over-criminalization and voting rights.

Before joining the ACLU, Julie focused on refugee protection issues, working first with the International Rescue Committee on the Thailand-Myanmar border, then with Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa.  Prior to law school, Julie served as Policy & Advocacy Associate with the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Julie is a graduate of Columbia University and Fordham University School of Law.  She is admitted to practice in New York and Florida, as well as D.C. District Courts.

For Some Convicted of Drug Offenses, the Punishment Never Ends

For Some Convicted of Drug Offenses, the Punishment Never Ends

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 4:42pm
Mass incarceration not only destroys families and mangles communities, it slowly erodes our democracy. Too many Americans convicted of nonviolent offenses, such as drug crimes, are punished with excessive prison sentences and then permanently ejected from our democracy through the “civil death” of losing their right to vote.
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